Section from a Qur’an

Manuscript; Qur’an, second quarter: Sura al-A’raf (the Heights) – Sura al-Kahf (the Cave), sura 7-18; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script, illuminated pages with titles in white thuluth script; vocalized in black; 178 folios with two double-page illuminations, rosette verse markers and inscribed marginal medallions; inalienable donation; inscriptions on folio 175 verso; standard page: 1column, 7 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards with blind tooling, an envelope flap, and doublures of block pressed leather.

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Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, 14th century
Medium
Ink, color and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 31.1 x 23.5 cm (12 1/4 x 9 1/4 in)
Geography
Egypt or Syria
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.25
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Egypt, Henri Vever collection, illumination, Islam, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), muhaqqaq script, Qur'an, sura 18, sura 7, Syria, thuluth script, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

1934
Sale, Ader, 1934, no. 17. [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France. [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]

Notes:

[1] See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 399.

[2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 16-17, no. 4.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854-1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Manuscript; Qur'an, second quarter: Sura al-A'raf (the Heights) - Sura al-Kahf (the Cave), sura 7-18; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script, illuminated pages with titles in white thuluth script; vocalized in black; 178 folios with two double-page illuminations, rosette verse markers and inscribed marginal medallions; inalienable donation; inscriptions on folio 175 verso; standard page: 1column, 7 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards with blind tooling, an envelope flap, and doublures of block pressed leather.

Inscription(s)

Fol. 175 verso: This holy rub' [quarter] was given for God's sake in waqf [endowment] by Muhammad Sa'id to the madrasa [school] al- Zulyunia in the qanawat in the siqaq al-Ta'dil.

Label

This manuscript contains the second quater of the Qur'an, from Sura VII ("The Heights") to Sura XVII ("The Cave").

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 4, p. 16.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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