Folio from a Qur’an, sura 39:10-13

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al-Zumar (the Troops) 39: parts of verses 10 and 11, recto begins with “hasana”; verso: sura 39: parts of verses 11, 12, 13, verso begins with “-in wa umirtu”; Arabic in black kufic script; gold orbs stacked as illuminated pyramid-shaped verse markers; vowels in red and yellow; one column; seven lines of text.

Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 9th-10th century
Medium
Ink, color and gold on parchment
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 23.8 x 33.7 cm (9 3/8 x 13 1/4 in)
Geography
Near East or North Africa
Credit Line
The Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.91
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), illumination, Islam, kufic script, Near East, North Africa, Qur'an, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, sura 39, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura al-Zumar (the Troops) 39: parts of verses 10 and 11, recto begins with "hasana"; verso: sura 39: parts of verses 11, 12, 13, verso begins with "-in wa umirtu"; Arabic in black kufic script; gold orbs stacked as illuminated pyramid-shaped verse markers; vowels in red and yellow; one column; seven lines of text.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 144-147.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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