A section of the Koran

artist unknown9th-10th century

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Most Korans from the late ninth and early tenth centuries are written with a reed pen in dark brown or black ink on a horizontally oriented parchment. The script generally is referred to as kufic, a term associated with the town of Kufa in southern Iraq, one of the main centers for the development of the Arabic script. Notable for its short vertical and elongated horizontal strokes, the script's stark elegance often is relieved by red diacritical marks; a small floral medallion in the margin indicates a verse ending.

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  • Title: A section of the Koran
  • Creator: artist unknown
  • Date Created: 9th-10th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w330 x h245 mm
  • Type: Album
  • Medium: Ink, color, and gold on parchment
  • Style: Abbasid period


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