Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

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This folio from a Qur'an manuscript is written in "new style" script, which is noted for its elegant verticals. The folio exhibits two letters (alif and lam) that form distinctive pointed ovals, producing a graphic decorative quality.The elaborate arabesques in the background are light in color, allowing the script to stand out. The script and illumination are related to a Qur'an manuscript dated 573/1177–78, and to contemporaneous architectural inscriptions, suggesting a unity of style in Seljuq art of this period.

Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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