Syria, Yemen, or North Africa
Ink on parchment
page H. 21 5/8 x 27 9/16 in. (55 x 70 cm)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2004 (2004.87)
Monumental in size, this folio comes from one of the oldest surviving Qur'an manuscripts in existence. The kufic script of the manuscript displays some similarities with the earlier mayil ("leaning") script, including the form of the vowel ya' in the terminal position whose tail wraps around to underline the preceding letters. A series of six short diagonal strokes in black ink act as verse markers, and cartouches measure every tenth verse.