Lot 11
  • 11

Qur'an Leaf in Kufic Script on Vellum, North Africa or Near East, 10th Century

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
31,700 GBP
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  • 23.6 by 32.4cm.
text: surat al-hadid (lvii) vv: 3-4

3 lines per page written in bold kufic script in brown ink on vellum, letter pointing of thin brown dashes, vocalisation of red, green and yellow dots, single verse divisions marked with a triangular arrangement of six gold dots

Catalogue Note

This leaf comes from an important Qur'an notable for its unusually attenuated and elegant script. The pertinent features which set it apart from normal kufic are the very tall verticals, the wide, curving terminal nun and the thin, trailing tail of the terminal mim. This particular script is only found on two other known Qur'ans. Examples of these can be found in the National Library, Tunis (Lings and Safadi, no.24) and the Musée des arts Islamiques, Qairawan (Carthage, no.358). With only three lines per page as opposed to the five or seven of the aforementioned examples, the present leaf presents a particularly spacious and clear arrangement of script upon the page.