Frontispiece from a Qur’an, recto: blank, verso: text: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, sura 1:1-5

Detached bifolio from a Qur’an; recto: blank; verso: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, detached from the facing folio (S1986.77.2), Sura al-Fatiha (the Opener), sura1:1-5, verso begins with “bismillah”; Arabic in white muhaqqaq script; vocalized in white; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: Text is set in an illuminated border.

Historical period(s)
Ottoman period, Second half 16th century
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 35.4 x 22.3 cm (13 15/16 x 8 3/4 in)
Geography
Turkey
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.77.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
flower, Henri Vever collection, illumination, muhaqqaq script, naskh script, Ottoman period (1307 - 1922), Qur'an, sura 1, Turkey, 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 August 1, 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. 230. See also 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. 401.

[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

Detached bifolio from a Qur'an; recto: blank; verso: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, detached from the facing folio (S1986.77.2), Sura al-Fatiha (the Opener), sura1:1-5, verso begins with "bismillah"; Arabic in white muhaqqaq script; vocalized in white; one of a group of twenty folios.
Border: Text is set in an illuminated border.

Published References
  • Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an. 5 vols., Boston and Leiden. vol. 2, fig. 7.
  • Edwin Binney 3rd. Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd: 1981 Supplement to the 1979 Catalogue. San Diego. cat. 61a, p. 2.
  • 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. 13, p. 22.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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