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A Qur'an Bifolium in Kufic Script on Vellum, North Africa or Near East, 9th century AD | lot | Sotheby's

A Rare Fatimid Moulded green glass plaque, North Africa, 10th century | lot | Sotheby's

A Mamluk Revival Enamelled Glass Mosque Lamp, Europe, 20th Century | lot | Sotheby's

A Portrait of a Naked Courtesan, Probably Persia, Safavid, 17th Century | lot | Sotheby's

A Safavid Blue and White Dish, Persia, 17th Century | lot | Sotheby's

A Kashan Lustre Star Tile, Persia, 13th Century | lot | Sotheby's

A fine Mughal Enamelled Talwar Handle set with diamonds and rubies, Jaipur, North West India, 18th/19th Century | lot | Sotheby's

An important Monumental Carved Stone Lion, Taifa, Kingdom of Badajoz, Spain, 11th Century | lot | Sotheby's

The script on this page is thuluth, a cursive script typical of the Mamluk period (14th-15th centuries) in Egypt. The background of spiral scrollwork used on this decorative page is also characteristic of Korans of this period Calligrapher: unknown. 14th-15th centuries. 11.2 x 16.8 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

Islamic Art. Although this 1000 year old Mesopotamian dish is one of the oldest examples of Islamic pottery with calligraphic decoration, its off-center, rapidly applied line of brush stroke Kufic script has a very modern look.