Historic Qu’ran Exhibition Showcases at the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler This Fall

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu'ran folios. Iran, Shiraz, Safavid period, ca. 1550. Opaque watercolour, ink, and gold on paper. Each page approximately 42.2 x 25 cm. Purchase – Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu'ran. Iraq, Baghdad, Il-Khanid period, 1307-8. Gold, colour, and ink on paper 70.8 x 48.5 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu'ran. Afghanistan, Herat, Timurid period, 1434. Ink, colour, and gold on paper. Each page 35.3 x 25 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu’ran. Calligrapher: Ali b. Mahmud al-Havavi, Tabriz, Iran, Safavid period, January 15, 1516. Ink, colour, and gold on paper, each page 41 × 29 cm.  Courtesy of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul 

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu'ran binding. Probably Afghanistan, Herat, Safavid period, ca. 1580. Paperboard and leather, 31 x 56 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul

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The exquisite presentation will feature the US’s first major exhibition of Qu’rans, at the Freer|Sackler in Washington DC

The Art of the Qu'ran: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts will open at the Freer|Sackler, part of the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art from October 15, 2016 to February 20, 2017.

The historic exhibition marks the first of its kind in the United States and will include over 60 Qu'ran manuscripts, chronicling 1,000 years of history from Turkey and Iran to Syria and Afghanistan, ranging from the eight to the 17th century. The ornate manuscripts were once owned by the ruling elite of the Islamic world and subsequently provided as gifts to reinforce political partnerships and donated to public and religious organisations, demonstrating one's devotion to Islam.

Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator of Islamic Art at Freer|Sackler, highlights what visitors can experience from the showcase of sacred manuscripts. She says,

“This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see Qu'rans of different origins, formats and styles and begin to appreciate the power and beauty of the calligraphy as well as intricacy of the illuminated decoration”

The collection is organised in collaboration with the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts and will be featured alongside the permanent collection of Qu'rans at the Freer|Sackler. In addition, an international seminar illustrating the art of the Qu'ran will be held from December 1, 2016 to December 3, 2016.

‘The Art of the Qu'ran: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts’ will take place from October 15, 2016 to February 20, 2017. For further information on the Freer|Sackler visit: asia.si.edu

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions
Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions
Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions
Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions
Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions
Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu'ran folios. Iran, Shiraz, Safavid period, ca. 1550. Opaque watercolour, ink, and gold on paper. Each page approximately 42.2 x 25 cm. Purchase – Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu'ran. Iraq, Baghdad, Il-Khanid period, 1307-8. Gold, colour, and ink on paper 70.8 x 48.5 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu'ran. Afghanistan, Herat, Timurid period, 1434. Ink, colour, and gold on paper. Each page 35.3 x 25 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu’ran. Calligrapher: Ali b. Mahmud al-Havavi, Tabriz, Iran, Safavid period, January 15, 1516. Ink, colour, and gold on paper, each page 41 × 29 cm.  Courtesy of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul 

Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Islamic Art, Quran, Harper's Bazaar Art, Exhibitions

Qu'ran binding. Probably Afghanistan, Herat, Safavid period, ca. 1580. Paperboard and leather, 31 x 56 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul