A Manuscript of Five Sections of a Qur'an

Object Name: Section from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: 18th century

Geography: From Morocco

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; leather binding, stamped and gilded

Dimensions: H. 7-31/32 in. (20.3cm)
W. 5-31/32 in. (15.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of George Blumenthal, by exchange, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.120.2


Two lavishly illuminated double pages open and close this juz' (section) from a Qur'an, which was bound in finely worked leather. The intricate geometric and vegetal decoration of this illumination is conservative and the calligraphy employed here represents a type of script that was almost unchanged in North Africa since the twelfth century, but the rectangular format, the use of paper, and the varied color palette of the illumination are characteristic of the manuscript’s late date.