Folio from a Qur’an, Sura 48, verse 15

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al-Fath (the Victory) 48: part of verse 15; verso: sura 48: 15 and part of 16; Arabic in black kufic script; vowels in red and yellow; marginal pear-shaped medallion; one column; 7lines of text; one of a group of 13 folios.

Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 8th-9th century
Medium
Detached folio; ink and color on parchment
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 23.7 x 33.3 cm (9 5/16 x 13 1/8 in)
Geography
North Africa or Near East
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1930.61
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), Islam, Near East, North Africa, Qur'an
Provenance

To 1930
Elizabeth T. Riefstahl, to 1930 [1]

From 1930
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Elizabeth T. Riefstahl in 1930 [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.

Previous Owner(s)

Elizabeth T. Riefstahl

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura al-Fath (the Victory) 48: part of verse 15; verso: sura 48: 15 and part of 16; Arabic in black kufic script; vowels in red and yellow; marginal pear-shaped medallion; one column; 7lines of text; one of a group of 13 folios.

Label

This folio exemplifies the power and elegance of the kufic script, which was adapted to a variety of media, such as parchment, silk, rock crystal, and marble during the first centuries of Islam. The text of this folio is from sura (chapter) 48 of the Qur'an, known as al-Fatiha (The Victory), which celebrates the oath that the Prophet Muhammad and his followers took to uphold Islam.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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