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A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO
A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO

NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, 9TH CENTURY OR EARLIER

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A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO
NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, 9TH CENTURY OR EARLIER
Qur'an LXXIX, sura al-naz'at, parts v. 1 - Qur'an LXXX, sura 'abas, parts v. 39, Arabic manuscript on vellum, recto with 17ll. of neat sepia kufic, verses marked by pyramids of gold dots, occasional verses marked with square gold and polychrome devices, red dot diacritics, sura heading in gold kufic above a band of gold and polychrome knotted strapwork issuing a palmette into the margin, some losses to edges
7 5/8 x 10¼in. (19.5 x 26cm.)

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Lot Essay

The scribe of this elegant Qur'an folio, and that of the following lot, plays with the kufic, accentuating the horizontal letters in order to conform to the format of his text block. Red dots are used as vowel markers, a use that was abandoned after the 11th century, when dashes took over the role, and dots became diacritical marks.

The sura headings of both this folio and the next are finely worked with geometric bands extending to palmettes that issue into the margins. Déroche writes that palmettes such as these, which were orientated towards the edge of the page, marked the presence of the rest of the illumination within the text area, thus emphasising the information that the main illumination carried (François Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London, 1992, p.23).

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