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Pages from a Quran manuscript
Place of Origin: probably Morocco
Date: approx. 1200-1400
Object Name: Manuscript page
Materials: Gold and colors on parchment
Dimensions: H. 8 1/2 in x W. 15 3/4 in, H. 21.6 cm x W. 40.0 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Elton L. Puffer
Department: West Asian Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: 2004.59.a-.b
On Display: No

Description

Label: The text in this two-page spread from a Koran is executed in a flowing calligraphic script known as Maghribi. The term derives from the Arabic "al-Maghreb" (the West), in reference to North Africa, which was the western part of the Arab world. As early as 670, Muslims had established a presence in North Africa, from which they launched their eventual conquest of Spain a few decades later. The geographical proximity of Spain to various Muslim centers in North Africa, especially Morocco, ensured a close relationship between artistic developments in the two regions. While these Koran pages were probably created in Morocco, many nearly identical Maghribi-style calligraphic specimens were produced in Spain.

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Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007
Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
Label: The text in this two-page spread from a Koran is executed in a flowing calligraphic script known as Maghribi. The term derives from the Arabic "al-Maghreb" (the West), in reference to North Africa, which was the western part of the Arab world. As early as 670, Muslims had established a presence in North Africa, from which they launched their eventual conquest of Spain a few decades later. The geographical proximity of Spain to various Muslim centers in North Africa, especially Morocco, ensured a close relationship between artistic developments in the two regions. While these Koran pages were probably created in Morocco, many nearly identical Maghribi-style calligraphic specimens were produced in Spain.
Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007
Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)