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Ink, color, and gold on paper
H x W: 24 x 16.1 cm (9 7/16 x 6 5/16 in)
Iran or Iraq
12th century
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: right-hand half of a double-page composition separate from its facing folio (F1929.74), Sura al-Fatiha (the Opener) 1:1-4 and part of 5, Arabic in black naskhi script, illuminated heading in "eastern kufic (New Style)" script, one column 3 lines of text; verso: text, Turkish and Persian in black naskhi script, one column,17 lines of text; rosette verse markers; illuminated title band with sura title in "eastern kufic (New Style)" at the top and palmette scroll at the bottom; marginal medallion; vocalized in black; one of a group of 2 folios.
Border: The text is set in gray rulings on cream-colored paper.
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:
Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
Islamic Art (May 9, 1993 to June 3, 1997)
Islamic Calligraphy (May 14, 1981 to June 24, 1982)
Art of the Near East (August 21, 1977 to December 14, 1979)
Untitled Exhibition, South Asian and Persian Art (March 24, 1930 to March 14, 1931)
Previous custodian or owner:
Kirkor Minassian (1874-1944)
Islam  Search this
Qur'an  Search this
naskh script  Search this
eastern kufic script  Search this
illumination  Search this
Iraq  Search this
Iran  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
sura 1  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