Lot 7
  • 7

An illuminated Quran bifolium on vellum, North Africa or Near East, 9th century AD

Estimate
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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Description

  • Ink and gold on vellum
text: surah al-jathiyah (XLV), verses 1 to 24
Arabic manuscript on vellum, 13 lines to the page, written in black elongated Kufic script, one leaf with surah heading in gold, wide outer margins, with two gold rosettes

Condition

In generally good overall condition, ink losses to verso, mild waterstaining to leaf edges, as viewed.
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Catalogue Note

This Qur'an leaf originates from an unusual manuscript which in its entirety must have been of exceptional quality. The execution of the text accords to Déroche's 'group F' in his categorisation of early Arabic scripts used for copying the Qur'an (see F. Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, London, 1992, p.42). The characteristics of this style are a consistent mashq, or 'stretching' of the letter forms, which Déroche notes is a feature typical of leaves from Damascus. Other characteristics of the individual letters are a relatively extenuated alif, a predominently circular mim, and the almost symmetrical shape of the lam-alif form. various leaves from the same Qur'an have been sold in these rooms, most recently 9 April 2014, lot 17.
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