Middle East or North Africa
9th century AD
ink, gold and watercolour on vellum
copied in Kufic script; 6 lines to the page
20.8 x 27.8 cm
Text: surah al-Isra’ (XVII), verses 53–5.
This folio is a beautiful example of one of the most impressive calligraphic styles of the Abassid period. Perfect mastery of the pen is suggested by the horizontal lines, which are subtly underlined by the use of mashq, and by the precision of the cresent-shaped lower return of the indipendent alif.
F. Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, vol. I, London 1992, cat.21, p.69.