Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. 
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
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Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962
Manuscript; a selection (juz') of Qur'an; Arabic in black "eastern kufic (New Style)" script with several folios in naskhi script; gold headings with palmettes extending into the margin; vocalized in green and red; 241 folios, three unbound folios (frontispiece and fol. 1), verse markers, roundels; palmettes; standard page: one column, 10 lines of text.
Border: the manuscript is bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards with blind tooling; the lower and upper cover both have a border of multiple fillets; the envelop flap has a gold medallion at the tip of the flap.
Frontispiece, "The Koran is God's word uncreated, and he who claims that it is created is an infidel, by God."
By the twelfth century a number of regional kufic styles, each with its own distinct ornamental features, developed throughout the Islamic world. This folio from a Qur'an is written in the "eastern" kufic script favored in Iran and Central Asia. Slender, elongated letters with certain flourishes predominate, and the vertical strokes often terminate in "barbed" heads. The development of this elegant and fluid script coincided with the widespread use of paper, which allowed for a greater degree of experimentation with size, format, and calligraphic styles.
The text is from the seventy-seventh chapter, entitled "Those Sent Forth" (Al-Mursalat), which describes the horrors of the hereafter for those who reject the truth.
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- Arts of the Islamic World
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