Folio from a Qur’an, Sura 48:6-9

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al-Fath (Victory) 48: part of 6, 7; verso: sura 48:7, 8 and the beginning of 9, verso begins with “junud”; Arabic in black kufic script; gold orbs stacked as pyramid-shaped verse markers; vocalized in red, yellow, green, and blue; one column; 7 lines of text; one of a group of 13 folios.

Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 8th-9th century
Medium
Ink, color, and gold on parchment
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 23.8 x 33.7 cm (9 3/8 x 13 1/4 in)
Geography
North Africa or Near East
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1930.64
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, sura 48
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 (Victory) 48: part of 6, 7; verso: sura 48:7, 8 and the beginning of 9, verso begins with "junud"; Arabic in black kufic script; gold orbs stacked as pyramid-shaped verse markers; vocalized in red, yellow, green, and blue; one column; 7 lines of text; one of a group of 13 folios.

Label

This folio, notable for its restrained elegance, is from the Qur'an's forty-eighth chapter (sura), titled The Victory (Al-Fatih). Small gold medallions in pyramidal form indiate verse endings, while diacritics appear in red. The verses read as follows:
Allah's are the hosts of the heavens and the earth,
and Allah is ever Mighty, Wise.
Lo, we have sent you [the Prophet Muhammad] as a witness
and a bearer of good tidings and a warner.
That you may believe....

Published References
  • David Summers. Real Spaces: World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism. New York, 2003. p. 399, fig. 186.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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