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A QUR'AN LEAF IN KUFIC SCRIPT ON VELLUM, NEAR EAST, 8TH CENTURY AD |

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6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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Description

  • 28.2 by 36.6cm.
text: surah al-Ma'idah (V), middle of v.34 to end of v.44Arabic manuscript on vellum, 17 lines to the page, written in brown Kufic script

Provenance

Ex-collection Joe and Hellen Darion, New York (see pp.62-3 for more on the Darion Collection).

Exhibited

Olsen Travelling Exhibition, Persian Miniature no.44 (label on reverse of frame).
On loan: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1962 (loan number Olsen Persian Miniature TL.62.10.44, label on reverse of frame).

Catalogue Note

This Qur'an leaf is written in a proto-Kufic style and it is an example of the transition between two scripts: the earlier Hijazi, usually found in vertical format, and the later Kufic written in a horizontal format (see following lot). Another leaf, with twelve lines to the page, is in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection (inv. no.KFQ34), and a further in the Bibliotheque Nationale (inv. no.MS.arab.326a). Another leaf from a similar horizontal format early Kufic Qur'an was offered in these rooms, 15 October 1984, lot 206.
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