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Folio from a Qur'an

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Made in Lebanon, Tyre
Medium:
Dark brown and black inks, red pigment, and gold leaf on parchment
Dimensions:
7 1/2 x 10 1/16 in. (19.1 x 25.5 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts
Credit Line:
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (Arabe 346), folio 13
  • Description

    Kufic script was popularly used in luxury Qur’ans throughout Islamic lands into the Abbasid period. The elegant balance of outsized script and expanses of blank spaces created harmonious designs, while the extravagant use of parchment and gold conveyed wealth and prestige. The later cursive inscription at the top of the folio states that the work was produced for a religious site outside Tyre and gives the name of the scribe.

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