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

NORTH AFRICA OR NEAR EAST, 9TH/10TH CENTURY

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A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO
NORTH AFRICA OR NEAR EAST, 9TH/10TH CENTURY
Qur'an XCII, sura al-layl, v.18 to Qur'an XCIII, sura al-dhuha, part of v.4, 7ll. of bold black kufic, vocalization in red, verses marked with gold rosettes, one sura heading in gold issuing a palmette into the margin, mounted, framed and glazed
Folio 8 1/8 x 12in. (20.6 x 30.5cm.)

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This kufic Qur’an folio is remarkable for the finely drawn gold and polychrome illuminated palmette which extends into the margin. The bold foliage contained within this palmette is closely related to that found on an illuminated folio in the Khalili Collection which François Déroche dates to the 9th Century (François Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition (Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art), London, 1992, cat.67, pp.123-24). For another leaf from the same Qur'an see lot 54 in this sale.

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