Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1992
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A unique cursive script was used for Indian Qur'ans between the late fourteenth and mid-sixteenth centuries. Called bihari (from the region of Bihar), although it is not known exactly where it was developed, the script’s main traits are wide extended horizontal lines and thin delicate verticals. Qur'ans of this style also often feature several different colors for the text (usually blue, gold, and red), and include zigzagging Persian commentary in the margins.