A section of a Qur’an

Manuscript; A section of Qur’an, Sura al-Tawba (Repentance), sura 9: beginning of verse 93 to Sura Yunus (Jonah), sura 10: end of verse 109; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script, headings in white thuluth script; 46 folios with 2 illuminated headings (fols. 1 recto, 15 recto); rosette verse markers; standard page: 1column, 5 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in leather over paper pasteboards with blind and gold tooling, medallion, and cornerpieces on the exterior covers, and doublures of block pressed leather. The doublures have an all over pattern of intertwining leaves and stems. The ground of the envelope flap is covered with rope work, and the tip of the envelop flap contains a roundel outlined in gold.

Maker(s)
Patron: Amir Aytmish al-Bajasi
Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, late 14th century
Medium
Ink, color and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 37.6 x 26.3 cm (14 13/16 x 10 3/8 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.28
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
Egypt, Henri Vever collection, Islam, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), muhaqqaq script, Qur'an, sura 10, sura 9, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1910
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, France. [1]

From 1910 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Georges Demotte, Paris, France on November, 1910. [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 Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 231.

[2] See note 1.

[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
Georges Demotte 1877-1923
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Manuscript; A section of Qur'an, Sura al-Tawba (Repentance), sura 9: beginning of verse 93 to Sura Yunus (Jonah), sura 10: end of verse 109; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script, headings in white thuluth script; 46 folios with 2 illuminated headings (fols. 1 recto, 15 recto); rosette verse markers; standard page: 1column, 5 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in leather over paper pasteboards with blind and gold tooling, medallion, and cornerpieces on the exterior covers, and doublures of block pressed leather. The doublures have an all over pattern of intertwining leaves and stems. The ground of the envelope flap is covered with rope work, and the tip of the envelop flap contains a roundel outlined in gold.

Published References
  • Georges Marteau, Henri Vever. Miniatures Persanes: tirees des collections de M.M. Henry d'Allemagne, Claude Anet, Henri Aubrey... 2 vols., Paris, June-October 1912. cat. 261, vol. 2: pl. CLXXX.
  • 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. 6, p. 18.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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