Middle East or North Africa
9th century AD
ink, gold and watercolour on vellum
copied in Kufic script; 5 lines to the page
14.6 x 21 cm
Text: surah al-Saba’ (XXXIV), verses 43–4.
The vocalization is indicated by red dots, while green dots mark the hamzah, and blue dots mark both the shaddah and the vowel. A gold rosette inside a blue circle marks the end of every verse.
F. Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, vol. I, London 1992, cat.19, p.67.