AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN LEAF IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD
text: surah al-zumar (XXXIX), end of v.58 to middle of v.60
Arabic manuscript on thick cream paper, 5 lines to the page written in monumental Maghribi script, vocalisation marked with blue and orange dots, fifth verse marked with a large tear-drop medallion enclosing the word khamsa in
the centre, verso with a verse marker in the form of a triangular cluster of three gold dots outlined in blue
leaf: 35.7 by 23.2cm.
In fair overall condition, various worm holes with associated repair, ink has burned through paper in some areas, one large hole near the bottom as a result, paper repairs to corners, ink generally bold and illumination bright, as viewed.
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Another leaf from the same Qur’an and surah was offered in these rooms, 3 October 2012, lot 18.