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Lot 213

Two Qur'an folios in Eastern' kufic, Qur'an III, sura al-'umran, vv.116-133, Iran or Iraq,...

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Lot 213

Two Qur'an folios in Eastern' kufic, Qur'an III, sura al-'umran, vv.116-133, Iran or Iraq,...

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Lot 213


Two Qur'an folios in Eastern' kufic, Qur'an III, sura al-'umran, vv.116-133, Iran or Iraq, 11th-12th century

Arabic manuscript on paper, each with 17ll. of elegant black 'eastern' kufic, diacritics in black, reading marks in green and red, gold roundel verse markers outlined in black, the two consecutive folios mounted together to form a long panel, gold and polychrome illuminated marginal medallions cut out and laid down at top and bottom probably from the original manuscript, laid down on card within later gold illuminated margins, mounted, framed and glazed together in one frame, text 60.9 x 21.5cm.; folio 69.3 x 32.4cm.

Two folios from the same Qur'an are in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection (François Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, Oxford, 1992, cat.95, pp.178-179). The style of script is identified as New Style 1 by Déroche. For a discussion on this style see Déroche, op.cit., pp.132-135. Interestingly, the two Khalili folios are mounted in a similar fashion to the present folios: juxtaposed, with marginal medallions stuck in the upper and lower margins and which suggests that they come from the same source.

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