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The David Collection
Hegira 1st half of the 1th century / AD 2nd half of the 7th century
Early Islamic period
Hijaz Province, the Arabian Peninsula, or Syria
This leaf is from one of the oldest extant copies of the Koran. It is a palimpsest: the original text was scraped off and a new one was written on the parchment. The original text reemerged and can be read as a shadow under the later one. Both are transcripts of the Koran’s sura 2, “The Cow.”
Both texts were written in Hijazi, the earliest Arabic script used for Korans.
"Koran page" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;1;en
MWNF Working Number: DN 01