Folio from a Qur’an, 2:1-25

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al- Baqara (the Cow) 2: 1-4, recto begins with “bismillah” one column, 5 lines of text; verso: sura 2: 4-24 and part of 25, verso begins with “yawqinuwna”, one column,15 lines of text; Arabic in black nasta’liq script; illuminated heading in white kufic script; illuminated rosette verse markers; marginal medallions; vocalized in black, indications for recitation in red; one of a group of 3 folios.
Border: The recto is set in blue rulings on cream-colored paper; the verso is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, 14th century
Medium
Ink, gold and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32.6 x 24.8 cm (12 13/16 x 9 3/4 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1932.2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Egypt, illumination, Islam, kufic script, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), nasta'liq script, Qur'an, sura 2
Provenance

To 1932
Kirkor Minassian, New York to 1932 [1]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York in 1932 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Kirkor Minassian 1874-1944

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura al- Baqara (the Cow) 2: 1-4, recto begins with "bismillah" one column, 5 lines of text; verso: sura 2: 4-24 and part of 25, verso begins with "yawqinuwna", one column,15 lines of text; Arabic in black nasta'liq script; illuminated heading in white kufic script; illuminated rosette verse markers; marginal medallions; vocalized in black, indications for recitation in red; one of a group of 3 folios.
Border: The recto is set in blue rulings on cream-colored paper; the verso is set in gold, black, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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