Folio From A Qur'an: Sura 4: 160 -161 (Recto), Sura 4: 161-162 (Verso)
verso © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Folio from a Qur'an: Sura 4: 160 -161 (recto), Sura 4: 161-162 (verso)
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Qur'an
Work Type
manuscript folio
late 12th-early 13th century
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Seljuk-Atabeg period
Physical Descriptions
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
folio: 31.1 x 21.3 cm (12 1/4 x 8 3/8 in.)
Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA (by 1982), sold; to [Greater India Company, Inc.], Cambridge, MA, 1982] sold; to the Fogg Art Museum.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Fund for the Acquisition of Islamic Art
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Publication History

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), page 79/figure 83

Beatrice Saint Laurent, "The Identification of a Magnificent Koran Manuscript", Les Manuscrits du Moyen-Orient, Varia Turcica, ed. François Déroche, Bibliothèque nationale de France and Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennes d'Istanbul (Istanbul, Paris, 1989), vol. VIII, pp. 115-123, p.115, note 2.

François Déroche, ed., Les manuscrits du Moyen-Orient : essais de codicologie et de paléographie (Paris, 1989), pl. XV A

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 44

[Exhibition listings] A Garden of Art: Masterpieces of Islamic and Indian Art (9th-18th Century), Orientations (December 1985), p. 62, ill.

Toby Lester, "What is the Koran?", The Atlantic Monthly, ed. Mr. William Whitworth (Boston, MA, January 1999), vol. 283, no. 1, pp.43-56, pp.51

Exhibition History

Islamic Art: Drawings, Calligraphies and Objects, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/29/1983 - 09/25/1983

Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990

Arabesque, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/01/1990 - 03/24/1991

Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/1993 - 01/30/1994

Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur’an , The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 11/03/2007 - 02/03/2008; Asia Society Museum, New York, 10/07/2008 - 02/08/2009; Michael C. Carlos Museum of Art, Atlanta, 08/28/2010 - 12/05/2010

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/14/2015 - 11/03/2015

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted