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Folio from the "Blue Qur'an"

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
second half 9th–mid-10th century
Tunisia, probably Qairawan
Gold and silver on indigo-dyed parchment
11 15/16 x 15 13/16 in. (30.4 x 40.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450
This folio comes from a sumptuous, multivolume Qur'an with indigo pages and silver verse markers that was probably copied in North Africa. Its palette is thought to refer to the purple‑dyed, gilded manuscripts made in the neighboring Byzantine empire. As in other early Qur'ans, the script here is difficult to read because the letters have been manipulated to make each line the same length, and the marks necessary to distinguish between letters have been omitted.
Inscription: recto: Quran 30:25ish to 30:28 (ending at "mar z")
verso: Quran 30:28 (from "qnkm") to 30:32 (ending at wa ka)

In Arabic language and in Kufic script:
Koran 30:28-32

Probably Great Mosque of Qairawan, Tunisia(from about 900); [ Sam Fogg, London, by 2002–4; sold to MMA]
Carboni, Stefano, Navina Haidar, and Maryam Ekhtiar. "Recent Acquistions: A Selection 2003-2004." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 62, no. 2 (Fall 2004). p. 10, ill.

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 30, pp. 54, 58-59, ill. p. 59 (color).

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