Page from a Manuscript of the Qur'an (4:23-24; 4:24-25)

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Page from a Manuscript of the Qur'an (4:23-24; 4:24-25)

Tunisia, probably Qairawan, late 9th-early 10th century
Manuscripts; folios
Gold leaf, silver, and ink on parchment colored with indigo
11 1/8 x 14 3/4 in. Frame: 29 × 23 × 1 1/2 in. (73.66 × 58.42 × 3.81 cm)
The Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, gift of Joan Palevsky (M.86.196)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

With its distinctive blue color and use of gold and silver ink for the script, this page can be readily identified as coming from a manuscript known as the Blue Qur’an, which is dispersed among severa...
With its distinctive blue color and use of gold and silver ink for the script, this page can be readily identified as coming from a manuscript known as the Blue Qur’an, which is dispersed among several collections in North America, Europe, and the Middle East but survives primarily in Tunisia, where it was probably made. While this Qur’an is so far unique among Islamic manuscripts due to its coloration, it does share similarities with Byzantine manuscripts that used purple parchment with metallic inks.
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