Lot 11
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Qur'an leaf in Kufic script on vellum, North Africa or Near East, 9th century

3,000 - 4,000 GBP
7,750 GBP
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  • 19 by 27cm.
Text: Surat al-Baqarat (II), vv. 276-278

6 lines per page written in fine Kufic script in dark brown ink on vellum, letter-pointing of brown ink dashes, vocalisation of red, blue, green and yellow dots, single verse division marked with a triangular cluster of gold dots, fifth verse division marked with a stylised Kufic letter 'ha'

Catalogue Note

This Qur'an folio exhibits a Kufic script close in style to Déroche's categories D.III and D.Va (Déroche 1992, p.45). It is characterised by an extreme attenuation and elegance, and a strong balance and rhythm on the page. The letter-pointing has been kept to a visual minimum, leaving the lines uncluttered and allowing the eye to run smoothly along the script.

A very closely related folio is in the Bibliothèque Nationale de Tunis (Carthage, no.335), and two others with comparable scripts are in the Musée des arts Islamiques de Qairouan (Carthage, nos.327,328).