Detached folio from a Qur’an, sura 7:7-11; sura 7:32-34

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; right-hand half recto: Sura al-A’raf (the Heights) 7: part of verse 32 and verse 33, recto begins with “-niya khalisatun”; verso: sura 7:33 and part of 34, verso begins with “l-baghi”; left-hand half recto: part of verse 7 followed by verse 8 and 9, recto begins with “gha’ibin”; verso: sura: 7:9, 10 and part of 11, verso begins with “kanu”; Arabic in black “eastern kufic (New Style)” script; vowels in red, diacritics in black; one column; six lines of text.

Historical period(s)
11th-12th century
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 16.3 x 22 cm (6 7/16 x 8 11/16 in)
Geography
probably Egypt
Credit Line
Gift of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.93.1-2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
eastern kufic script, Egypt, Islam, Qur'an, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, sura 7, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1968
Adrienne Minassian, New York, to 1968 [1]

From 1968 to 1997
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim, Beverly Hills, CA, purchased from Adrienne Minassian in 1968 [2]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Ralph and Catherine Benkaim in 1997

Notes:

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

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
Adrienne Minassian 1913-1994

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; right-hand half recto: Sura al-A'raf (the Heights) 7: part of verse 32 and verse 33, recto begins with "-niya khalisatun"; verso: sura 7:33 and part of 34, verso begins with "l-baghi"; left-hand half recto: part of verse 7 followed by verse 8 and 9, recto begins with "gha'ibin"; verso: sura: 7:9, 10 and part of 11, verso begins with "kanu"; Arabic in black "eastern kufic (New Style)" script; vowels in red, diacritics in black; one column; six 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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