Koran Manuscript Folio

Koran Manuscript Folio

1200s-1300s

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Ink, gold, and color on parchment

Sheet: 52.7 x 55.4 cm (20 3/4 x 21 13/16 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1933.440

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Description

This magnificent page from the “Chapter of
Light” (24:59–61) in the Koran is written in the
monumental script of Islamic Spain and North
Africa, known as Maghribi Kufic. Words flow
rhythmically with curving flourishes toward the
left margin where letters end in almost perfect
semicircles, an elegant hallmark that contrasts with the upright shafts. Distinctive markings—vowels in
red and diacritics in blue—identify the vocalization
of the text, which would have been read or recited
aloud to an assembly.

See also
Collection: 
Islamic Art
Department: 
Islamic Art
Type of artwork: 
Manuscript

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