Folio from a Qur’an, sura 79:42-46; sura 80:1-27

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al-Naz’iat (Those who tear out) 79: part of 42, 43-46, Sura Abasa (He frowned) 80: 1-6 and part of 7, recto begins with “mursayha”; verso: sura 80: 7-26, and part of 27, verso begins with “‘allayazzakka”; Arabic in black naskh script with gold heading in white thuluth; gold-large marginal medallions containing the word “ashr” (ten) indicating the end of a tenth verse and the word “khams” (five) indicating the end of a fifth verse; illuminated rosette verse markers; vocalized in black, sukun in red, late addition letters for recitation in red; interlinear Persian translation in red nasta’liq; illuminated heading; one column, nine lines of text.

Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, 14th century
Medium
Ink, color and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 17.3 x 12.2 cm (6 13/16 x 4 13/16 in)
Geography
Egypt or Syria
Credit Line
The Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.96
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Egypt, Islam, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), naskh script, nasta'liq script, Qur'an, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, sura 79, sura 80, Syria, thuluth script, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1969
Adrienne Minassian, New York to 1969 [1]

From 1969 to 1997
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim, Beverly Hills, CA, purchased from Adrienne Minassian in 1969 [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; recto: Sura al-Naz'iat (Those who tear out) 79: part of 42, 43-46, Sura Abasa (He frowned) 80: 1-6 and part of 7, recto begins with "mursayha"; verso: sura 80: 7-26, and part of 27, verso begins with "'allayazzakka"; Arabic in black naskh script with gold heading in white thuluth; gold-large marginal medallions containing the word "ashr" (ten) indicating the end of a tenth verse and the word "khams" (five) indicating the end of a fifth verse; illuminated rosette verse markers; vocalized in black, sukun in red, late addition letters for recitation in red; interlinear Persian translation in red nasta'liq; illuminated heading; one column, nine 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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