Folios from a Qur’an; Double-page frontispiece, sura 1, verses 1-7

citation

Two folios of a Qur’an; Illuminated frontispiece, folio (1): right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, recto: Shamsa, Dibacha; verso: Sura I, “The Opening,” verses 1-5; folio (2): left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, recto: Sura I, “The Opening,” verses 5-7; verso: Sura II, “The Cow,” verses 1-7.
Border: The text is set in illuminated rulings on a paper with geometric motifs.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, circa 1550
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (.1): 42.5 × 27.2 cm (16 3/4 × 10 11/16 in) H x W (.2): 42.5 × 24.4 cm (16 3/4 × 9 5/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.82.1-2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folios

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, Islam, Qur'an, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942

Description

Two folios of a Qur'an; Illuminated frontispiece, folio (1): right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, recto: Shamsa, Dibacha; verso: Sura I, "The Opening," verses 1-5; folio (2): left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, recto: Sura I, "The Opening," verses 5-7; verso: Sura II, "The Cow," verses 1-7.
Border: The text is set in illuminated rulings on a paper with geometric motifs.

Inscription(s)

Inscriptions: (dibacha) Say: Verily, through mankind and the jinn should; assemble to produce the like of this Koran, they could not; produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another; [Sura XVII: 88]. Verily God the High and Exalted tells the truth andpraise be to God the beneficent.

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 7-8, p. 19.
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 2, p. 64-67.
  • Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani. Le Chant du Monde: L'Art de l'Iran safavide, 1501-1736. Exh. cat. Paris. cat. 60, pp. 258-259.
  • Henry René d'Allemagne. Du Khorassan au pays des Backhtiaris, trois mois de voyage en Perse. Paris. p. 166.
  • Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an. 5 vols., Boston and Leiden. fig. 6.
  • Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Safavid Iran, 1501-1576. Exh. cat. Milan. pp. 148-9, fig. 5.6.
  • Middle East Association Bulletin. vol. 27, no. 2, December 1993. cover.
  • Thomas W. Lentz. Pictures for the Islamic Book: Persian and Indian Painting in the Vever Collection. vol. 1, no. 4 New York, Fall 1988. p. 24, fig. 9.
  • Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Thames and Hudson World of Art London and Washington, 2010. pp. 130-131.
  • Oleg Grabar. Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th to the 17th Century., English edition. New York. p. 56, pl. 2.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum