Family of Sophia Riefstahl, New Bedford, MA, from the 1920s 
Sophia Riefstahl, New Bedford, MA, by descent, to 1997 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Sophia Riefstahl in 1997
 According to Curatorial Note 3, Massumeh Farhad, October 1, 1997, in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Manuscript; fragment from a Qur'an; Sura al-An'am (the Cattle) 6:164-65; Sura al- A'raf (the Heights) 7:1-5 and 22-27; Arabic in black kufic script with a palmette gold heading extending out into the margin; sura title in gold; vocalized in red; 22 folios with one illumination, gold verse markers, palmette; standard page: one column; 13 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in papier-mâché with lacquer-painted floral designs and doublures of marbled paper.
The twenty-two folios are part of a superb small Qur'an fragment, datable to the early 9th century. Bound in sections, its intimate size indicates that it was intended for personal use.
- Published References
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 132-133.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum