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Ink, color, and gold on parchment
H x W: 12.4 x 16 cm (4 7/8 x 6 5/16 in)
North Africa or Near East
First half of the 10th century
Abbasid period
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura Saba' (Sheba) 34: part of 50-52, recto begins with " 'ila rabbi"; verso: sura 34: 52, 53, and part of 54, verso begins with "lahuma"; Arabic in dark brown "eastern kufic (New Style)" script; illuminated rosette verse markers; marginal verse marker containing the word for khamsun (fifty) indicating the end of a fiftieth verse; vocalized in red and yellow, tashdid in blue, hamza in green; one column; 5 lines of text; one of a group of 3 folios.
To 1932
Arthur Upham Pope, New York to 1932 [1]
From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Arthur Upham Pope, New York in 1932 [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 Calligraphy (May 14, 1981 to June 24, 1982)
Art of the Near East (August 21, 1977 to December 14, 1979)
Untitled Exhibition, Persian and Near Eastern Art (May 5, 1933 to September 24, 1947)
Previous custodian or owner:
Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969)
Islam  Search this
Abbasid period (750 - 1258)  Search this
Qur'an  Search this
eastern kufic script  Search this
illumination  Search this
West Asia  Search this
North Africa  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
sura 34  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