A vellum Qur'an leaf in kufic script NABIL PREFERS 1500-2000 Early Abbasid, 9th Century
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A vellum Qur'an leaf in kufic script Early Abbasid, 9th Century
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,075) inc. premium

Lot Details
A vellum Qur'an leaf in kufic script
Early Abbasid, 9th Century
Arabic manuscript on vellum, 15 lines to the page written in elongated and disciplined kufic script in brown ink with vowel points and diacritics marked with red dots and short strokes, gold discs decorated with green dots and devices in the shape of ha between verses, sura heading written in ornamental kufic in gold, browned, some worming, edges frayed, catchword added later in naskhi script in the lower margin verso and the upper margin recto, in mount
165 x 225 mm.

Footnotes

  • Text:
    Sura LXVIII, al-Qalam, The Pen, verse 38 to the last verse of the sura (52).
    Sura LXIX, al-Haqqa, The Sure Reality, verse 1-part of verse 6.

    Published:
    C.-P. Haase, J. Kröger, U. Lienert, Oriental Splendour: Islamic Art from German Private Collections, Hamburg 1993, pp. 24-25, no. 4b.

    Another folio from the same Qur'an manuscript is in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art: see F. Deroche, The Abbasid Tradition, Oxford 1992, pp. 82-83, no. 32.
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