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Page from a manuscript of the Quran
Place of Origin: Central Asia or Turkey
Date: approx. 1330-1340
Object Name: Manuscript page; calligraphy
Materials: Ink, colors and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 11 3/8 in x W. 7 1/4 in, H. 28.3 cm x W. 18.4 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Todd Williams Memorial Fund and The Society for Asian Art
Department: West Asian Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: B87D7
On Display: No

Description

Label: Many once-complete manuscripts no longer survive or have been dismantled and their pages dispersed in collections throughout the world. Several pages similar to this one, from a very early Koran, survive in such piecemeal fashion. Between the lines of large Arabic script is a translation in Persian. The red letters that form a border around the text contain verses from the hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad). Finely executed calligraphy is a feature of many Korans from throughout the Islamic world. Because the text contains the word of God, it was considered a form of devotion to copy the Koran in beautiful handwriting and to beautify its pages with decoration.
Label: Many once-complete manuscripts no longer survive or have been dismantled and their pages dispersed in collections throughout the world. Several pages similar to this one, from a very early Koran, survive in such piecemeal fashion. Between the lines of large Arabic script is a translation in Persian. The red letters that form a border around the text contain verses from the hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad). Finely executed calligraphy is a feature of many Korans from throughout the Islamic world. Because the text contains the word of God, it was considered a form of devotion to copy the Koran in beautiful handwriting and to beautify its pages with decoration.