Qur'an Leaf in Kufic Script on Vellum, North Africa or Near East, Circa A.D. 900
- 25 by 33.1cm.
7 lines per page written in bold extended kufic script in brown ink on vellum, letter pointing of brown diagonal dashes, vocalisation of red and green dots
The distinctive attenuated style of the kufic script exhibited here relates it to a group of leaves that rarely appear at auction. Prior to this sale only a few others have been offered publicly including two single leaves in these rooms, 18 April 2007, lots 1 and 2, and prior to that 3 May 2001 lots 4, 5 and 6. The calligraphic style of these leaves can be associated with a manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Although the measurements of the two manuscripts are not exactly aligned to this leaf or those sold previously (the section in the Bodleian measures 20.2 by 31cm. and is probably slightly trimmed), the script, its arrangement on the page and the vocalisation would indicate that they are all from one and the same manuscript.