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Ink, color, and gold on parchment
H x W: 16.6 x 15.6 cm (6 9/16 x 6 1/8 in)
Southern Spain or North Africa
13th century
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura al-Ma'ida (the Table spread) 5: part of 13 and 14, recto begins with "tattali'u"; verso: sura 5:14 and part of 15, verso begins with "faghrayna"; Arabic in brown maghribi script ; gold-knot verse markers; gold tear-drop leaf ornament verse marker; vocalized in green and yellow, diacritics in brown, tashdid and sukun in blue; one column; 7 lines of text; one of a group of 2 folios.
To 1929
Kirkor Minassian, New York to 1929 [1]
From 1929
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York in 1929 [2]
[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.
[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
Islamic Art (May 9, 1993 to June 3, 1997)
From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy (July 28, 1986 to February 6, 1987)
Art of the Arab World (May 8, 1975 to August 20, 1977)
Near Eastern Art--Calligraphy (August 18, 1967 to February 10, 1972)
Previous custodian or owner:
Kirkor Minassian (1874-1944)
Islam  Search this
Qur'an  Search this
maghribi script  Search this
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Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
sura 5  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery