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Illuminated pages from a manuscript


Creation date: 16th century
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Qur'an
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd
Conservation funded by Shahri Estakhry Aghassi and Sarah E. Aghassi
Accession Number: 1971.64.1-2
State/Province: Fars Province
Dimensions: 10 31/32 in. (27.86 cm)

Provenance

Adrienne Minassian, New York, New York ( - January 22, 1964)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (January 22, 1964 - December 21, 1971)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 21, 1971 - )

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June 2005
Tastes in Asian Art Installation
Scribes and calligraphers were admired throughout the Islamic world, writing being central to the most fundamental aspects of Islam. Muhammad was asked by Allah through the angel Gabriel to write down the words of Allah, which formed the Koran. Allah himself is thought to have created the world through writing it with his divine pen.
The Koran is always written in Arabic, even if it was produced in non-Arabic speaking countries, such as Iran. The Koran also differs from other works of literature in that it is never illustrated with animal or figural images, but the text and especially the frontispiece were often lavishly embellished with intricate floral and geometric ornament.

Gallery 11 Label June 2015

Illuminated pages from a manuscript
Iran, possibly Shiraz, 16th century
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd, 1971.64
Conservation funded by Shahri Estakhry Aghassi and Sarah E. Aghassi
Last Updated: 5/22/2020

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Islamic Art from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service , 10/1/1966 - 10/19/1969

Islamic Art Across the World Indiana University Art Museum , 6/18/1970 - 10/1/1970

Islamic Art from the Edwin Binney Collection Phoenix Art Museum , 3/18/1977 - 5/1/1977

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture Brigham Young University Museum of Art , 2/24/2012 - 1/13/2013

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Richard Ettinghausen. Islamic Art from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd Smithsonian Institution. Washington, District of Columbia, 1966
Page Number: no. 12, Figure Number: 12

Theodore Robert Bowie. Islamic Art from Across the World Indiana University Art Museum. Bloomington, Indiana, 1970
Page Number: 30, no. 24

Sabiha Al Khemir. Beauty and Belief Brigham Young University Museum of Art. Provo, Utah, 2012
Page Number: 233

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