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Arabic manuscript on vellum, 25 leaves with 9 lines to the page written in elongated Kufic in dark brown ink. The surah titles and verse counts are written in gold outlined in black, with fine marginal vignettes. There are no diacritical marks and red dots indicate the vocalization. Three gold dots separate the verses, a gold pear-shaped ornament marks the end of every fifth verse and a gold circular device every tenth verse. Juz number 15 within a panel of illumination with a stylized palmette extending into the margin. The first and last page decorated with an illuminated carpet page enclosing floral motifs and tables. Text : Quran surah al-Isra v.1-v.97, surah al-Kahf v.17-v.19 19.2 by 12.5 cm
This Quran section belongs to the group D of F.Derouche classification, one of the most obvious characterstics of the D script is the way the upper parts of the letter such as 'Alif' are bent slightly to the left. Another example is the final shape of the letter 'nun'. A note on the final folio attributes the copying of this manuscript to Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Talib. This lot is very similar to lot 1 in our catalogue .
F. Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, vol. I, London 1992, cat.44, p.97. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.8, p.34.