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Many fourteenth-century Korans include richly illuminated double–page frontispieces, finispieces (end folios), as well as chapter headings with intricate floral and geometric motifs. Artists would often use gold or lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone, for their designs to heighten the text's sumptuousness. The double folio here marks the ending of sura 9 of the Koran, known as "Repentance".
Illuminated Folio from a Koran
Double-page frontispiece from a Koran
Egypt, mid-14th century
Ink, color, and gold on paper
40.9 x 64 cm
Purchase F1930.55

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