Illuminated folio from a bound volume of a juz’ of the Qur’an

citation

Bound folio; one of a pair of illuminated pages from a bound volume of a juz’ of the Qur’an; folio is paired with the facing folio F1934.26; one of a group of 4 bound folios (F1934.25-28) from the manuscript (F 1934.24a-l).

Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 10th century
Medium
Gold on parchment
Dimensions
H x W: 16.5 x 11.5 cm (6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1934.25
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), illumination, Iran, Islam, Qur'an, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1934
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1934
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] See undated folder sheet note, object file, Collections Management Office. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Description

Bound folio; one of a pair of illuminated pages from a bound volume of a juz' of the Qur'an; folio is paired with the facing folio F1934.26; one of a group of 4 bound folios (F1934.25-28) from the manuscript (F 1934.24a-l).

Label

This double folio belongs to the twelfth part of a thirty-volume Qur'an written in kufic script on parchment. Compositions employing geometric units filled with stylized floral motifs as well as palmettes extending into the outer margins are characteristic of early Islamic illumination. Similar folios would have decorated the opening of each of the thirty volumes in the series.

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. cat. 1.
  • Amy Briggs. Timurid Carpets: II. Arabesque and Flower Carpets. vols. 11-12 Ann Arbor, 1946. p. 149, fig. 3.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. The Arts of Iran at the Time of Avicenna: Société iranienne pour la conservation des monuments nationaux. vol. 4, Tehran. pp. 132-138, fig. 21.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Islamic Art and Archaeology: Collected Papers. Berlin. pp. 892-913.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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