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Manuscript cutting

Manuscript cutting

  • Date:

    700-900 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case 12


700-900 (made)

Descriptive line

Manuscript leaf from a copy of the Quran, showing part of the surah al-An'am (VI), with verses 54-59 on the recto and verses 59-65 on the verso, ink, gold and colours on parchment, Middle East, 700-900.

Note: transferred to NAL.

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Leaf from Qur'an Manuscript
Middle East

By 750, Qur'an manuscripts were written on leaves of parchment that were wider than they were long. This 'horizontal' format probably served to distinguish them from other books. The style of script employed, called Kufic, also had a horizontal emphasis, and a relatively thick nib was used, giving the script a plump appearance. Coloured dots indicated the vowels.

Ink and colours on parchment
Museum no. Circ.161-1951


National Art Library


National Art Library

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