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Page from a miniature Qur’an in kufic script

  • Description

    Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and a master of kufic script according to tradition, exhorted to copy the Qur’an in large letters so that the majesty and dignity of God’s word could be aptly conveyed. Yet, the fragment at the centre of this elaborate page (Qur’an, 23:94) demonstrates how small-scale copies of the text were also produced very early on.

    Miniature Qur’ans were essentially used as amulets, and carried in boxes or worn. The illuminated margins were added at a later time, to preserve and bring value to the fragment.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Africa Egypt (possible place of creation)
    Asia Iran (possible place of creation)
    Asia Iraq (possible place of creation)
    Asia Turkey (possible place of creation)
    calligraphy 9th century AD (AD 801 - 900)
    painting possibly 18th - 19th century (1701 - 1900)
    Material and technique
    calligraphy with ink, colour, and gold on parchment; mounted on paper, with ink, colour, and gold
    mount 39.5 x 28 cm (height x width)
    page 10.5 x 16 cm (height x width)
    painting 9 x 14.5 cm approx. (height x width)
    calligraphy 3.3 x 6.7 cm approx. (height x width)
    Material index
    organicanimalskin parchment,
    Technique index
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    No. of items
    Credit line
    Presented by Dr John Pincent, in memory of Haim Nahmad, 1993.
    Accession no.



  • kufic

    A term denoting various styles of angular Arabic script. Emerged in the early centuries of Islam, kufic soon became the preferred hand to copy holy texts.

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