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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 19

    A KUFIC QUR'AN LEAF

    NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, 10TH CENTURY

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    A KUFIC QUR'AN LEAF
    NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, 10TH CENTURY
    Qur'an X, Sura Yunus, vv.106-(part of)107, manuscript on vellum, 3ll. of elegant vertical kufic, diacritics in red and green, triangle of gold dots marking end of verse, small holes, slight water staining and fading
    9¼ x 12 5/8in. (23.2 x 32.2cm.)


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    Other leaves from this elegant three-line Qur'an are in the al-Sabah collection (M. Jenkins ed., Islamic Art in the Kuwait National Museum, Lond on 1983, p.19) and in the Nasser D. Khalili collection (François Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, London, 1992, p.111). Déroche notes that the manuscript from which the folio comes is among the very few early Qur'ans written with three lines to the page, and that these were evidently sought after and very expensive since considerably more parchment and time was needed for their manufacture (Déroche, op. cit., p.109). Further folios and sections from this manuscript have sold in these Rooms, for example 17 April 2007, lot 10, 15 October 2002, lot 7 and 13 October 1998, lot 8 and 9.

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