Qur'an leaf in Kufic script

Qur'an leaf in Kufic script

late 9th century - early 10th century
Country
North Africa
leaf, Qur'an
gold on blue vellum
Bj Averitt Islamic Art Fund
1999.78
. Qur'an leaf in Kufic script. late 9th century - early 10th century. gold on blue vellum. Bj Averitt Islamic Art Fund. 1999.78.
Dimensions
image height: 8.75 in, 22.2250 cm; image width: 12.5 in, 31.7500 cm; mat height: 16 in, 40.6400 cm; mat width: 20 in, 50.8000 cm
Inscription
Kufic script. Number in lower left corner and number in lower right corner.
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Qur'an Leaf in Kufic Script probably North Africa, Kairouan late 800s-early 900s Gold ink on parchment Bj Averitt Islamic Art Fund 1999.78 This leaf is from a famous Qu’ran, Islam’s holiest book, written in gold on blue vellum. Most of this luxurious Qur’an is in Tunis at the Museum of Islamic Art, National Institute of Archaeology and the Arts, but a few leaves have found their way into museums, libraries, and private collections. This Qur’an was perhaps made for the library of the Great Mosque of Kairouan, Tunisia.
Known Provenance
At least 1936, Dr. Rudolf Meyer-Riefstahl [b.1880, d. 1936], by descent to his granddaughter; 1999, DAM collection, gift of the BJ Averitt Islamic Art Fund.

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