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A Qur'an leaf in Kufic script on vellum, North Africa or Near East, 9th century

A Qur'an leaf in Kufic script on vellum, North Africa or Near East, 9th century

A Qur'an leaf in Kufic script on vellum, North Africa or Near East, 9th century

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text: surah al-baqara (II), end of v.276 to start of v.278


Arabic manuscript on vellum, 6 lines to the page written in bold Kufic in dark brown ink, diacritics in the form of red, blue and yellow dots, verses separated by a triangular cluster of six dots, khamsa marker in the shape of a gold ha'


18.8 by 26.9cm.

In overall good condition, minor discolouration, the verso with fading of the ink, as expected, corresponding to the flesh side, as viewed.


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The elegantly proportioned, well-spaced and graphically precise script of this folio is typical of the mature Kufic scripts popular under the Abbasid dynasty, close in style to Déroche's categories D.III and D.Va (Déroche 1992, p.45). Another folio from this manuscript was sold in these rooms, 5 October 2010, lot 5. A related script is also found on a Kufic Qur’an manuscript known as the ‘Amajur’ Qur’an, written in three lines per page and donated to a mosque in Tyre, Lebanon, in 875-6 AD by Amajur, the Abbasid governor of Damascus.