A QUR’AN LEAF IN KUFIC SCRIPT ON VELLUM, NORTH AFRICA OR NEAR EAST, 9TH CENTURY AD
text: surah al-Qamar (LIV), beginning of v.51 to surah al-Rahman (LV) beginning of v.27
Arabic manuscript on vellum, 14 lines to the page written in elongated Kufic in dark brown ink, vocalisation in the form of red dots, verses separated by small triangular clusters of three gold dots, ‘ashr and khamsa verse markers respectively in the shape of gold and polychrome rosettes and inverted comma in gold outlined in dark brown, surah heading in gold outlined in dark brown ink
leaf: 24.8 by 33cm.
In good condition, the margins are clean with minor stains and minor losses affecting mainly the upper external edges, the inside edge with traces of restoration, losses too the ink, some discoloration to the flesh side, as viewed.
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Other leaves from this Qur’an were offered in these rooms, most recently: 9 April 2014, lot 17; 7 October 2015, lot 210, and 1 May 2019, lots 6 and 7.