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Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W (.1): 42.5 × 27.2 cm (16 3/4 × 10 11/16 in)
H x W (.2): 42.5 × 24.4 cm (16 3/4 × 9 5/8 in)
circa 1550
Safavid period
Two folios of a Qur'an; Illuminated frontispiece, folio (1): right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, recto: Shamsa, Dibacha; verso: Sura I, "The Opening," verses 1-5; folio (2): left-hand half of a double-page frontispiece, recto: Sura I, "The Opening," verses 5-7; verso: Sura II, "The Cow," verses 1-7.
Border: The text is set in illuminated rulings on a paper with geometric motifs.
Inscriptions: (dibacha) Say: Verily, through mankind and the jinn should; assemble to produce the like of this Koran, they could not; produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another; [Sura XVII: 88]. Verily God the High and Exalted tells the truth andpraise be to God the beneficent.
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Exhibition History:
The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (October 22, 2016 to February 20, 2017)
Le Chant du monde: L'Art de l'Iran safavide, 1501-1736 (October 05, 2007 to January 07, 2008)
Arts of Mughal India (2004) (August 21, 2004 to February 6, 2005)
Hunt for Paradise: Courts Arts of Safavid Iran, 1501-1576 (October 16, 2003 to June 27, 2004)
The Divine Word of Islam (July 4, 1993 to January 2, 1994)
Crushed Lapis and Burnished Gold: The Art of Illumination (June 9 to December 8, 1991)
Variations on a Script: Islamic Calligraphy from the Vever Collection (February 18 to September 16, 1990)
A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
Islam  Search this
Safavid period (1501 - 1722)  Search this
Qur'an  Search this
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Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Henri Vever collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery