Page from a Qur’an in muhaqqaq, naskhi, and kufic scriptOn display
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This page once belonged to a 30-volume set of the Qur’an. The practice of dividing its text in 7 or 30 parts - either bound in a single codex or in multiple volumes - dates from the early centuries of Islam. Its primary purpose was to evenly distribute the recitation of the whole Qur’an over a week or a month.
Page from a Qur’an in muhaqqaq, naskhi, and kufic script
Datelate 13th century - early 14th century
Ilkhanid Period (1256 - 1353)
Material and technique
ink, colour, and gold on paper
Dimensions28.6 x 19.2 cm (height x width)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Christopher T. Gandy, 2012.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 31 | Islamic Middle East
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Glossary of terms
A term denoting various styles of angular Arabic script. Emerged in the early centuries of Islam, kufic soon became the preferred hand to copy holy texts.