Qur'an Manuscript Folio (verso)

Qur'an Manuscript Folio (verso)


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Ink, gold, and colors on parchment

Sheet: 23.7 x 33.7 cm (9 5/16 x 13 1/4 in.); Text area: 18.5 x 25 cm (7 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1933.493.b


This Koran folio was written in the oldest style of Arabic calligraphy, called Kufic script, used in the earliest surviving copies of the Koran. The wide format of the page is well suited to this style of Kufic that has elongated, horizontal strokes. Vowels are indicated by red dots, and the triangles of gold dots mark the end of each verse.

In the verses on this page, God casts Lucifer out of heaven as punishment for his pride.

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Islamic Art
Islamic Art
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