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Name of Object:

Folio from the 'Tashkent Qur'an'


New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Hegira 2nd–early 3rd century / AD late 8th–early 9th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ink on parchment

Period / Dynasty:



Syria, Yemen, or North Africa


This folio, monumental in size, comes from one of the oldest surviving Qur’an manuscripts in existence. Its kufic script displays some similarities with the earlier ma’il (leaning) script, including the form of the vowel ya’ in the terminal position whose tail wraps around to underline the preceding letters. Based on the form of the script and the illuminations that survive on other pages from this Qur’an, the manuscript has been attributed to Cairo, Egypt; Damascus, Syria; or San‘a’, Yemen. About one third of the original manuscript is housed in the Hast-Imam Library in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2004

Citation of this web page:

 "Folio from the 'Tashkent Qur'an'" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus23;47;en&id=manuscripts

MWNF Working Number: US3 47

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