A section (juz’) of a Qur’an

Manuscript; a section of Qur’an; Sura al-Naml (the Ant) 27 and Sura al-Qasas (the Stories) 28; Arabic in black “eastern kufic (New Style)” script; vocalized in black, sukun in blue; 27 folios with a frontispiece (fol.1 verso, 2 recto) and an additional brocaded cloth-cover for protection; inscriptions and seals on the fly leaf and end leaf (fols. 1recto, 27 verso); standard page: one column, 4 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in brown leather with blind tooling; binding remounted with new spine.

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Historical period(s)
11th century
Medium
Ink, color and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (cover): 15.8 x 11.6 cm (6 1/4 x 4 9/16 in)
Geography
Probably Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2001.16a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
eastern kufic script, Iran, Islam, Qur'an, sura 27, sura 28, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

1970s
Private collection, England, 1970s [1]

1989
Sale, Christie's, London, 1989 [2]

From 1989 to 2001
Mr. Hamid Atighetchi (Art and History Consultants), London, from 1989

From 2001
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mr. Hamid Atighetchi in 2001

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 4, Massumeh Farhad, December 5, 2001, in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. Hamid Atighetchi

Description

Manuscript; a section of Qur'an; Sura al-Naml (the Ant) 27 and Sura al-Qasas (the Stories) 28; Arabic in black "eastern kufic (New Style)" script; vocalized in black, sukun in blue; 27 folios with a frontispiece (fol.1 verso, 2 recto) and an additional brocaded cloth-cover for protection; inscriptions and seals on the fly leaf and end leaf (fols. 1recto, 27 verso); standard page: one column, 4 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in brown leather with blind tooling; binding remounted with new spine.

Inscription(s)

Fly leaf: Praise upon God, the creator of the best virtue, entered the property of a royal library.
In the auspicious month of Ramadan, [?] became part of the library's property. Year 1474.
The book was seen.
The book was seen in [?] the month of Rajab, year [12?].

End leaf: The book was seen in the property of the auspicious library of sarkar fayz asar in Ramadan [986?]. Entered the library.

Published References
  • Stuart Cary Welch. Treasures of Islam. Exh. cat. London. cat. 15, pp. 44-46.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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