Middle East or North Africa
late 8th century AD
ink on vellum dyed deep orange
copied in Kufic script; 16 lines to the page
16.5 x 22cm
Text: surah Yunus (X), verses 17–27.
The text is written in a characteristically rather thick, early Abbasid hand, specimens of which are represented in the historic collections of Qur’an fragments from Cairo, Damascus and San‘a. There are no diacriticals, and white dots indicate the vocalization. Three oblique strokes separate individual verses; an alif outlined in red and a white roundel mark the passage of five and ten verses respectively.
F. Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, vol. I, London 1992, cat.11, p.58. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.4, p.32.