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

The surahs (chapters) in this Koran are written in a combination of six lines of naskh in a text panel, with a line of thuluth above and below and surah headings in kufic set apart in illuminated panels. Iran, probably Shiraz. 1336-1354 A.D. 21.9 x 14.3 cm. Thuluth, naskh and kufic scripts. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

The surahs (chapters) in this Koran are written in a combination of six lines of naskh in a text panel, with a line of thuluth above and below and surah headings in kufic set apart in illuminated panels. Iran, probably Shiraz. 1336-1354 A.D. 21.9 x 14.3 cm. Thuluth, naskh and kufic scripts. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

This fragment contains the surah al-Fatihah (the Opening), and al-Baqarah (the Cow). The script is remarkable for its size, each line being roughly 4 cm high. Iran. Later 11th century. Kufic script. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

This fragment contains the surah al-Fatihah (the Opening), and al-Baqarah (the Cow). The script is remarkable for its size, each line being roughly 4 cm high. Iran. Later 11th century. Kufic script. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

Calligraphers in the Maghrib (i.e. North Africa and Spain) favored thin, light letters with deep flourishes that curve below the line and create a rhythmic effect, as seen in this folio. Iran. 11th–12th century. 32.3 x 21.4 cm. Kufic script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Calligraphers in the Maghrib (i.e. North Africa and Spain) favored thin, light letters with deep flourishes that curve below the line and create a rhythmic effect, as seen in this folio. Iran. 11th–12th century. 32.3 x 21.4 cm. Kufic script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Arts of the Islamic World | Illuminated folio from a bound volume of a portion of the Koran | F1934.27

Arts of the Islamic World | Illuminated folio from a bound volume of a portion of the Koran | F1934.27

A Qur'an juz' in Maghribi script on vellum, Spain or Morocco, 13th century | Lot | Sotheby's

A Qur'an juz' in Maghribi script on vellum, Spain or Morocco, 13th century | Lot | Sotheby's

Double parchment leaf from a Koran written in Maghribi North Africa or Spain; 13th century Each leaf: 18 × 16.3 cm

Double parchment leaf from a Koran written in Maghribi North Africa or Spain; 13th century Each leaf: 18 × 16.3 cm

The flowing movement of the script used here, with its sweeping curves and slightly rounded letters, is characteristic of the maghribi script. North Africa. 13th century. 16.5 x 15.5 cm. Maghribi script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The flowing movement of the script used here, with its sweeping curves and slightly rounded letters, is characteristic of the maghribi script. North Africa. 13th century. 16.5 x 15.5 cm. Maghribi script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

A Qur'an leaf in Maghribi script, North Africa or Andalusia, late 12th-13th century AD

A Qur'an leaf in Maghribi script, North Africa or Andalusia, late 12th-13th century AD

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