Koran Manuscript Folio (recto)

Koran Manuscript Folio (recto)

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.); Text area: 46.5 x 44 cm (18 5/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1933.440.a

Location

Exhibition

Al-Andalus: Art from Islamic Spain (Islamic art rotation)

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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