second half of the 8th century – early 9th century AD
ink and watercolour on vellum
copied in a transitional Hijazi – ‘early Abbasid’ Kufic script; 20 lines to the page
47 x 33cm
Text: surah Yunus (X), verse 90 to surah Hud (XI), verse 3.
The text has diacritical strokes to distinguish consonants and red dots to indicate the vocalization. Yellow lozenges outlined in black separate the verses. An alif in red and green, and a red square mark the passage of five and ten verses respectively. The two surahs are separated by a decorative band of yellow and green lozenges, followed by the title of the second of the two surahs, written twice, in black and in red. Many of the monumental letter-forms resemble those seen in copies of the Qur’an written in Hijazi script.
F. Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, vol. I, London 1992, cat.4, pp.48–9. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.2, p.31...