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Panel from the Ibn Tulun Mosque
The David Collection
Hegira c. 265 / AD c. 879
Wooden panel, carved with a Kufi inscription
The panel was originally part of a frieze with passages from the Koran that is some two kilometers long. The inscription is in a simple and robust Kufi script whose only decorative element is a little increase in width at the end of the letters.
The panel was purchased in Cairo in 1848 by the French consul Delaporte, after restoration work on the Ibn Tulun Mosque.
"Panel from the Ibn Tulun Mosque" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;11;en
MWNF Working Number: DN 11