second half of the 10th century AD
ink, gold and watercolour on vellum
copied in a miniature Kufic script; 30 lines to the page
166 folios; 7.3 x 6 cm
The volume begins with a spread giving statistical information followed by a double-page of illumination, with a central medallion and attached cornerpieces, following the designs of Late Antique and Byzantine mosaics.
F. Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, vol. I, London 1992, cat.82, pp.152–3. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.12, p.37.