Two pages of a Qur'an Artist: Unknown

late 18th–early 19th century

Asian Art


Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper


5 13/16 × 3 1/4 in. (14.8 × 8.3 cm)
5 13/16 × 3 1/4 in. (14.8 × 8.3 cm)
framed: 19 15/16 × 14 15/16 × 1 9/16 in. (50.64 × 37.94 × 3.97 cm)

Credit Line

The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald

Accession Number



Qajar dynasty (1789–1925)


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Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., by 2001; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001
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1: Baqara: \r\n\r\n...but Iblis, who disdained and turned insolent, and so became a disbeliever.(34) And We said to Adam: "Both you and your spouse live in the Garden, eat freely to your fill wherever you like, but approach not this tree or you will become transgressors.(35) But Satan tempted them and had \r\nthem banished from the (happy) state they were in. And We said: "Go, one the antagonist of the other, and live on the earth for a time ordained, and fend for yourselves."(36) Then his Lord sent commands to Adam and turned towards him: Indeed He is compassionate and kind. (37) And We said to them: "Go, all of you. When I send guidance, whoever follows it will neither have fear nor regret;(38) But those who deny and reject Our signs will belong to Hell, and there abide unchanged."(39) O children of Israel, remember the favours I bestowed on you […] (40) \r\n\r\n\r\n2: Baqara: \r\n\r\n"[…] So keep your pledge to Me, and I will mine to you, and be fearful of Me,(40) And believe in what I have sent down which verifies what is already with you; and do not be the first to deny it, nor part with it for little gain; and beware of Me.(41) Do not confuse truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth knowingly.(42) Be firm in devotion; give zakat (the due share of your wealth for the welfare of others), and bow with those who bow (before God). (43) Will you enjoin good deeds on the others and forget your own selves? You also read the Scriptures, why do you then not understand?(44) Find strength in fortitude and prayer, which is heavy and exacting but for those who are humble and meek,(45) Who are conscious that they have to meet their Lord, and to Him they have to return.(46) Remember, O children of Israel, the favours I bestowed on you, and made you exalted among […].(47) \r\n\r\n Translations are from Ahmed Ali: Ahmed Ali, Al-Qur’an: A Contemporary Translation, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001 \r\n

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