AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN SECTION IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR SPAIN, 13TH-14TH CENTURY AD
text: surah al-Baqarah (II) v.67 to surah al-‘An’am (VI) v.44 (incomplete)
Arabic manuscript on vellum, 86 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 11 lines to the page, written in Maghribi script in light brown ink, diacritics in red and blue, verses separated by gold and polychrome palmettes, 3 surah headings written in gold Kufic with an interlacing scroll medallion on the margin, misbound and incomplete, in white 19th century binding
leaf: 14.4 by 15.5cm.
The margins have been cropped and the section has been misbound, some leaves are missing, some losses to the pages, mainly affecting the margins, the rebound has tightened up the inside margins of the section, stains and some smudges, some losses to the illuminations, minor annotations to the margins, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.46, pp.190-1.