Kirkor Minassian, New York to 1929 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York in 1929 
 Object file, undated folder sheet note.
 See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
- Previous Owner(s)
Kirkor Minassian 1874 - 1944
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura Yunus (Jonah) 10: parts of 24-26 and 27, recto begins with "q[a]dirun"; verso: sura 10: 27-30 and part of 31; Arabic in black kufic script; vocalized in red with clusters of black strokes verse markers; one column; 13 lines of text.
Until the later tenth century, most Qur'ans were written on parchment in an angular script, generally known as kufic, after the city of Kufa in southern Iraq, one of the main centers associated with the script’s development. Written with a reed pen, the kufic script is notable for its long horizontal and short vertical strokes. The horizontal format of most early Qur'ans further accentuated the letters’ shallow, sweeping strokes. The thick, almost heavy script of this page is relieved by small, regular spaces that lend it a measured formality.
The tenth chapter (sura) of the Qur'an is entitled “Jonah,” and the verses above describe the pleasures awaiting those who trust in God.
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- Arts of the Islamic World
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