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QUR 589.1, recto
QUR 589.1, recto

QUR 589.1–2

perhaps Syria

12th century AD

QUR 589.1, recto

QUR 589.1–2

perhaps Syria

12th century AD

ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper

copied in thulth script; 19 lines to the page

28 x 18.5cm

Text: surah al-Baqarah (II), verses 120–161.

The script is a rare gold thulth outlined in black. The lines of script are cramped together and overlap in a highly unusual manner for a manuscript: the overall effect is reminiscent of inscriptions on stone or stucco.

D. James, The Master Scribes. Qur’ans of the 10th to 14th Centuries AD, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume II, London 1992, cat.3, pp.30–31.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.62, pp.72–3.