Folio from a Qur’an, sura 21:105-112; sura 22:1-12

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al- Anbiya(the Prophets) 21: part of 105, 106-112, recto begins with: “al-ard”; illuminated sura divider, Sura al-Hajj (the Pilgrimage) 22:1-4 and part of 5; verso: sura 22:5-11 and a portion of 12, verso begins with “turaab-i”; Arabic in black kufic script; cluster of strokes verse markers; gold square markers at the end of verse 111 and 112; vocalized in red; one column; 17 lines of text.

Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 9th century
Medium
Ink, color and gold on parchment
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 22.5 x 29.7 cm (8 7/8 x 11 11/16 in)
Geography
North Africa or Near East
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1929.71
On View Location
Currently not on view
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Provenance

To 1929
Kirkor Minassian, New York to 1929 [1]

From 1929
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York in 1929 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura al- Anbiya(the Prophets) 21: part of 105, 106-112, recto begins with: "al-ard"; illuminated sura divider, Sura al-Hajj (the Pilgrimage) 22:1-4 and part of 5; verso: sura 22:5-11 and a portion of 12, verso begins with "turaab-i"; Arabic in black kufic script; cluster of strokes verse markers; gold square markers at the end of verse 111 and 112; vocalized in red; one column; 17 lines of text.

Label

1. (undated folder sheet note) Purchased from K.Minassian, New York. See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List After 1920.

2. See Gallery I Gallery Book, exhibition of July 19, 1933.

3. (G.T.W., 1934):
Ms. leaf F1929.71 verso (exposed).
E.H. Palmer: The Koran (Sacred Books of the East):
A page from The Koran, Ch. XXII, entitled [Arbc] (Al-hajj, The Pilgrimage):
5. "...earthm then from a clot, then from congealed blood, then from a morsel shaped or shapeless, that we may explain to you. And we may take what we please rest in the womb until an appointed time; then we bring you forth babes; then let you reach your full age; and of you are some who die; and of you are some who are kept back till the most decrepit age, till he knows no longer aught of knowledge. And ye see the earth parched, and when we send down water on it, it stirs and swells, and brings forth herbs of every beauteous kind.
That is because God, He is the truth, and because He quickens the dead, and because He is mighty over all; and because the Hour is coming, there is no doubt therein, and because God raises up those who are in the tombs.
And amongst men is one who wrangles about God without knowledge or guidance or an illuminating book; twisting his neck from the way of God; for him is disgrace in this world, and we will make him taste, upon the resurrection day, the torment of burning.
10. That is for what thy hands have done before, and for that God is not unjust unto His servants.
And amongst men is one who serves God (wavering) on a brink; and if there befall him good, he is comforted, but if there befall him a trial, he turns round again, and loses this world adn the next--that is an abvious loss. He calls, besides God, on what can neither harm him nor profit him;-that......."

Ms. leaf F1929.71 recto (not exposed):
A page from The Koran, Ch. XXI, entitled [Arbc] Al-Anbiya, The Prophets):
105. "'.....shall my righteous suervants inherit.'
Verily, in this is preaching for a people who serve me!
We have only sent thee as a mercy to the worlds.
Say, 'I am only inspired that your God is one God; are ye then resigned?' But if they turn their backs say, 'I have proclaimed (war) against all alike, but I know not if what ye are threatened with be near or far!
110. Verily, He knows what is spoken openly, and He knows what ye hide.
I know not, haply it is a trial for you and a provision for a season.
Say, 'My Lord! judge thou with truth! and our Lord is the Merciful when we ask for aid against what they ascribe!'"

Chapter heading. (No text).
Chapter XXII, entitled [Arbc] (Al-Hajj, The Pilgrimage):
"In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.
Oh ye folk! fear your Lord. Verily the earthquake of the Hour is a mighty thing.
On the day ye shall see it, every suckling woman shall be scared away from that to which she gave suck; and every pregnant woman shall lay down her load; and thou shalt see men drunken, though they be not drunken; but the torment of God is severe.
And amongst men is one who wrangles about God without knowledge, and follows every rebellious devil; against whom it is written down that whoso takes him for a patron, verily, he will lead him astray, and will guide him towards the torment of the blaze!
5. O ye folk! if ye are in doubt about the raising (of the dead), -verily we created you from......"

4. In February, 1965, Mr. F. Haentschke completed rematting this manuscript.

5. (Homira Pashai per M.Farhad, 12 September, 2012) Origin changed from "Egypt" to "North Africa or Near East."

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