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Name of Object:

Indigo-died parchment page from a Holy Qur’an manuscript


Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

Holding Museum:

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation

About Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Sharjah

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century

Museum Inventory Number:

SM 1996 – 3185

Period / Dynasty

Abbasid / Fatimid?


North Africa, probably Kairouan


This horizontal Qur’an page of indigo-died parchment was executed in golden kufic script without any auxiliary vowel markers or diacritics. It is assumed to have formed part of a manuscript made in North Africa, possibly Kairouan, during the AH 4th century / AD 10th century. The page gives verses 135-137 from chapter 4 "Al-Nisa’ (The Women)".

Citation of this web page:

 "Indigo-died parchment page from a Holy Qur’an manuscript" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;2;en

MWNF Working Number: UA 02


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period



On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Manuscripts


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