Attributed to Spain / Detached folio from a non-illustrated manuscript / 13th-14th centuryAttributed to Spain
Detached folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
13th-14th century

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Dates/Places: Spain
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Spain
Title: Detached folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Title Type: Object name
Title: Leaf from a Qur'an manuscript
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1200
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 13th-14th century
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Codex
Materials and Techniques: Ink, colors, and gold on vellum
Dimensions: 21 1/16 x 22 in. (53.5 x 55.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 42.63
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1942

This leaf comes from a magnificent two-volume Qur'an. The line of gold maghribi script at the top is the chapter, or sura, heading. The medallion in the left margin contains a brilliantly conceived two-layer vegetal pattern. In Qur'ans from the early Islamic period, such medallions took the form of palmettes, but by the time this Qur'an was copied, this pattern had assumed a preeminent position in the ornamental vocabulary.

AMICA ID: MMA_.42.63
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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