Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

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This large early Abbasid Qur'an leaf in kufic script includes segments from suras of Ibrahim (sura 14) and the Rock (sura 15). The sixteen lines of text are penned in a distinct syle of kufic which priveleges horizontality over verticality. The letters are stretched horizontally along the baseline while descending letters are rounded like hooks making for a graphically striking overall effect. As in many early Qur'an folios, the vowels are marked with red and green dots and illumination is kept to a minimum.

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

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