A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum Near East or North Africa, 9th Century

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A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum
Near East or North Africa, 9th Century

£ 6,000 - 8,000
US$ 7,300 - 9,700
A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum
Near East or North Africa, 9th Century
Arabic manuscript on vellum, 14 lines written in kufic script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red, verses marked with three gold dots, fifth verse marked with a circular illuminated device in gold
247 x 293 mm.

Footnotes

  • Text:
    Sura XIX, Maryam, Mary, part of verse 16–end of verse 32.

    For two leaves from the same dispersed manuscript of the Qur'an, see Sotheby's, Arts of the Islamic World, 6th October 2010, lots 1 and 2. Deroche puts the script of this type in group F of his categorisation, noting the stretching of the forms of the letters, a feature typical of leaves copied in Damascus. See F. Deroche, The Abbasid Tradition: Qur'ans of the 8th to the 10th Centuries AD, London 1992, p. 42.
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A Qur'an leaf written in kufic script on vellum Near East or North Africa, 9th Century
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