Folio from a Qur’an, sura 5:36-39

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; separate from facing folio S1986.65; recto: Sura al-Ma’ida (the Table spread) 5: part of 36-37 and part of 38, recto begins with “yawm al-qiyamati”; verso: sura 5: parts of 38 and 39, verso begins with “wa’l-sariqatu”; Arabic in black “eastern kufic (New Style)” script with stylized scrolling floral design, illuminated roundel verse markers and inscribed marginal medallions; vocalized in red, sukun in black; one column; 4 lines of text; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The text area is filled with palmette scrolls and set within an illuminated frame that terminates at the top and bottom in a semi-medallion.

Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, ca. 1075-1100
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 32 x 21.3 cm (12 5/8 x 8 3/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.64a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
eastern kufic script, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300), sura 5, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; separate from facing folio S1986.65; recto: Sura al-Ma'ida (the Table spread) 5: part of 36-37 and part of 38, recto begins with "yawm al-qiyamati"; verso: sura 5: parts of 38 and 39, verso begins with "wa'l-sariqatu"; Arabic in black "eastern kufic (New Style)" script with stylized scrolling floral design, illuminated roundel verse markers and inscribed marginal medallions; vocalized in red, sukun in black; one column; 4 lines of text; one of a group of two folios.
Border: The text area is filled with palmette scrolls and set within an illuminated frame that terminates at the top and bottom in a semi-medallion.

Published References
  • Thomas W. Lentz. Pictures for the Islamic Book: Persian and Indian Painting in the Vever Collection. vol. 1, no. 4 New York, Fall 1988. p. 11, fig. 1.
  • 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. 1, p. 15.
  • The Hague. Catalogus tentoonstelling van islamische kunst. cat. 1, p. 21.
  • Dr. Massumeh Farhad. Arts of the Islamic World at the Sackler. vol. 43, no.3 Washington. p. 43, fig. 2.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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