. Qur'an leaf in Kufic script. late 9th century - early 10th century. gold on blue vellum. Bj Averitt Islamic Art Fund. 1999.78.
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
Kufic script. Number in lower left corner and number in lower right corner.
Qur'an Leaf in Kufic Script
probably North Africa, Kairouan
late 800s-early 900s
Gold ink on parchment
Bj Averitt Islamic Art Fund
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.
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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