African Art

Cover for a Qur’an

19th century

Brass, copper, and silver

3 5/8 × 3 5/8 × 7/8 in. (9.2 × 9.2 × 2.2 cm)
Gift of Labelle Prussin, Ph.D. 1973
2011.23.5

This cover for a Qur’an is decorated with intricate floral motifs in open tracery. Used as a container for Qur’anic scripture, it was worn as a pendant on a necklace or belt.

Geography: 
Morocco
Status: 
On view
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

Purchased by Labelle Prussin 1999 in Morocco; Donated by Labelle Prussin to Yale University Art Gallery in 2011

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.