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  • Folio from a Qur'an manuscript, 13th–14th century
    Spain
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment

    H. 21 1/16 in. (53.5 cm), W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1942 (42.63)

    This folio was once part of a two-volume Qur'an produced during the Nasrid period in the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century. Although paper had reached the Middle East by the tenth century, it did not become widespread in Islamic Spain and North Africa until much later. Despite its conservative use of parchment, this folio displays many characteristics that differentiate it from earlier Qur'an manuscripts. Sura headings in gold kufic script stand out in contrast with the highly marked maghribi script of the text, and gold medallions serve as ornate verse markers.

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    Folio from a Qur'an manuscript, 13th–14th century
    Spain
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment

    H. 21 1/16 in. (53.5 cm), W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1942 (42.63)


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