Folio from a Qur’an, sura 5:34-36

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; separate from the facing folio S1986.64; recto: Sura al-Ma’ida (the Table spread) 5:34 and part of 35, recto begins with “illalladhina”; verso: sura 5:parts of 35 and 36, verso begins with “waja[a]hidu; 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 blue, letters for recitation and reading in dark brown, tashdid in dark brown; 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: 32.2 x 21.3 cm (12 11/16 x 8 3/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.65a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
eastern kufic script, Henri Vever collection, Iran, Islam, Qur'an, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300), sura 5, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; separate from the facing folio S1986.64; recto: Sura al-Ma'ida (the Table spread) 5:34 and part of 35, recto begins with "illalladhina"; verso: sura 5:parts of 35 and 36, verso begins with "waja[a]hidu; 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 blue, letters for recitation and reading in dark brown, tashdid in dark brown; 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. 2, p. 15.
  • The Hague. Catalogus tentoonstelling van islamische kunst. cat. 1, p. 21.
  • 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
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