Folio from a Qur’an, Sura 47:9-15

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; Sura Muhammad (Muhammad) 47:9-14 and part of 15, beginning word “dhalika”, reverse blank; Arabic in black kufic script; verse marker; vowels in red; one column; thirteen lines of text.

Historical period(s)
9th century
Medium
Ink and opaque watercolor on parchment
Dimensions
H x W: 4.8 x 8.4 cm (1 7/8 x 3 5/16 in)
Geography
North Africa or Near East
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.42
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Calligraphy
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Islam, kufic script, Near East, North Africa, Qur'an, sura 47, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To about 1957
John Goelet, New York to about 1957 [1]

From about 1957
Rudolf Meyer Riefstahl II, acquired from John Goelet in about 1957 [2]

To 1997
Sophia Riefstahl, New Bedford, MA, acquired from Rudolf Meyer Riefstahl II, to 1997 [3]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from Sophia Riefstahl in 1997

Notes:

[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Sophia Riefstahl
Rudolf Meyer-Riefstahl II
John Goelet

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; Sura Muhammad (Muhammad) 47:9-14 and part of 15, beginning word "dhalika", reverse blank; Arabic in black kufic script; verse marker; vowels in red; one column; thirteen lines of text.

Published References
  • Anthony Welch. Calligraphy in the Arts of the Muslim World. Austin, 1979. pl. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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