A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum Abbasid, 9th-10th Century

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A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum
Abbasid, 9th-10th Century

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 4,900 - 7,300
A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum
Abbasid, 9th-10th Century
Arabic manuscript on vellum, 16 lines to the page written in kufic script in brown ink with diacritics and vowel points in red, verses marked by a pyramidal formation of six dots in gold, sura heading in gold followed by a decorative band of alternating circles and diamonds in gold and the remains of a marginal palmette at the right-hand end, waterstaining and creasing, in mount
203 x 260 mm.

Footnotes

  • Text (recto only): sura LXXI, Nuh, Noah, part of verse 23 to the last verse (28), and sura LXXII, al-Jinn, The Spirits, verses 1 to 4.

    The script and decorative band between the chapters are very similar to a folio in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art: see Francois Deroche, The Abbasid Tradition, Oxford 1992, pp. 62-63, cat. no. 15, accession no. KFQ19.
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