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An illuminated headpiece from a Koran (with Kufic script)

Creation date: 14th century
Creation place: Iran (or Syria)

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Qur'an
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, gold and ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Accession Number: 2006.214.1
Dimensions: 2 1/2 in. x 11 1/4 in. (6.35 cm x 28.58 cm)


Kevorkian, London, England ( - July 13, 1971)

Sotheby's, London, England (July 13, 1971 - July 13, 1971)

Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California (July 13, 1971 - November 2, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 2, 2006 - )

Label Copy

Korans were decorated solely with floral or geometric motifs, such as the “peacock-eye” medallion, which references a beam of the sun and the light of Allah. In this ornate calligraphic script, the title “Chapter of the Gold Adrnoments” is followed by an invocation to Allah.
Last Updated: 3/24/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, Sotheby & Co.. London, England, July 13, 1971
Page Number: 92 lot. no. 416

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