Folio from a Qur’an

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; rectangular illuminated panel decorated on both sides with a medallion extending into the margin and designs in gold and blue; frontispiece or tailpiece of a copy of the Qur’an.

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Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 9th century
Medium
Ink, gold, and color on parchment
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 12.3 x 19 cm (4 13/16 x 7 1/2 in)
Geography
Near East or North Africa
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
F1937.11
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), Islam, Qur'an
Provenance

?-to at least 1937
H. Kevorkian, New York, method of acquisition unknown [1]

From 1937
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kevorkian, New York [2]

Notes:

[1] Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962) was a dealer and collector of Islamic Art with eponymous galleries in New York and Paris. See note 2 for purchase invoice details.

[2] The Freer Gallery of Art paid H. Kevorkian in installments, the first on October 28, 1936, and the last on April 7, 1937 and approved on April 5, 1937. See object file for copy of invoice.

Research updated December 6, 2022

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; rectangular illuminated panel decorated on both sides with a medallion extending into the margin and designs in gold and blue; frontispiece or tailpiece of a copy of the Qur'an.

Published References
  • Freer Gallery of Art. Gallery Book I: Exhibition of December 6, 1937. Washington. .
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Art of the Arab World. Exh. cat. Washington, 1975. cat. 4, pp. 20-21.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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