SPECIAL ADVISORY: To safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, the Yale University Art Gallery will remain closed until further notice. Learn More

Asian Art
PrevNext1 of 2
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext2 of 2
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery

Two Pages from a Qur’an

late 18th–early 19th century

Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper

1.: 15.5 × 9.1 cm (6 1/8 × 3 9/16 in.) 2.: 15.5 × 9.1 cm (6 1/8 × 3 9/16 in.) framed: 50.6 × 37.9 × 4 cm (19 15/16 × 14 15/16 × 1 9/16 in.)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
2001.138.80.1-.2
These pages contain the last two chapters of the Qur’an, known together as the “Verses of Refuge,” since the text calls for protection from evil. The chapter titles are written within illuminated cartouches—a common Islamic bookmaking practice, particularly in Iran and India. Such exquisite decorations were usually reserved for the opening and closing pages of a manuscript.
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Iranian, Islamic
Period: 
Qajar dynasty (1779–1924)
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Manuscripts
Provenance: 

Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass. to 2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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.