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Manuscript open to a double page spread of text 25 narrowly-spaced black lines of calligraphy, accented by red and blue marks. Illuminated rectangles on the right-side page. There are small golden circles throughout the text. Flaps of the binding visible, green coloured on the inside.
AKM309, Qur’an Manuscript

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Qur’an Manuscript
  • Accession Number:AKM309
  • Place:Northwestern Africa or Spain
  • Dimensions:18 x 18.7 x 3 cm
  • Date:13th–14th centuries
  • Materials and Technique:ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper
  • This Qur’an is written in maghribi script, a cursive writing style that evolved from Kufic script  in the 10th century. The term maghribi, meaning “Western” in Arabic, refers to northwestern Africa and Spain, where this style was established. Two characteristics of this writing style are the use of fine lines and sweeping curves.

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