This is the last page of the section containing juz' XVII: here the text is written in a single line, rather than the more typical five line format that characterises this Qur'an. This is most likely to be a line of text rather than a sura heading: sura headings in this Qur'an are most often written in an ornamental gold kufic script, rather smaller than the main Qur'anic text which is written in bold sepia. There are very few comparable published examples, although a two-line page in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris can be seen in Y.H. Safadi Islamic Calligraphy, London, 1978, p.23.
With its unique bold variant kufic script Al-Mushaf al-Hadinah ('The Nurse's Qur'an') was among the grandest of early Islamic codices. Most parts have only five lines a page, the full text originally divided between many sections (juz'), either the standard thirty or perhaps even sixty volumes. Twenty colophons from different sections of this Qur'an are preserved in the museum at Raqqada close to Kairouan. From these it is known that the manuscript was made for the former nurse of the Zirid ruler al-Mui'zz b. Badis in Kairouan in AH 410 1019-20 AD by'Ali al-Warraq and his workshop.
Pages from this Qur'an appear only very rarely on the market, although a bifolium was sold in these rooms, 26 April 2005, lot 6.