A kufic Qur'an leaf on vellum
Lot 1
A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum Near East or North Africa, 9th/10th Century
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,188) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum Near East or North Africa, 9th/10th Century A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum Near East or North Africa, 9th/10th Century
A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum
Near East or North Africa, 9th/10th Century
Arabic manuscript on vellum, seven lines to the page written in bold kufic script in black ink, vowel points marked with red dots, small pyramids of gold dots marking verses, a large medallion in gold marking the tenth verse, consisting of the word ashr in kufic script within concentric lobed cartouches, decorated with coloured dots, later pagination (177 and 129 on recto, 178 and 89 on verso), cover paper, text verso rather rubbed
231 x 325 mm.

Footnotes

  • Text:
    Sura LXXVI, ad-Dahr, Time, or al-Insan, Man, part of verse 9-part of verse 13.

    This very fine leaf is one of several surviving from the same Qur'an manuscript. One of its distinctive features, reflecting the highest quality of calligraphy, is the horizontal stretching of the letters (mashq). In the first and last lines recto the effect is further enhanced by a single word occupying the entire line.

    Other leaves from this Qur'an manuscript are in the Iran Bastan Museum, Tehran (inv. 4289; illustrated in M. Lings, The Qur'anic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination, Westerham 1976, no. 5). Others appeared at Christie's, 27th April 2004, lot 14; Sotheby's, Doha, 19th March 2009, lot 303; and more recently, Christie's, 6th October 2011, lots 1-3.
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