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Double page from a manuscript of the Qur’an
Los Angeles, United States of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Hegira late 7th century / AD late 13th century
Ink, colours, and gold on parchment
27.46 x 44.76 cm
Although parchment had already begun to pass out of vogue elsewhere in the Islamic world, this bifolio, copied in gold ink on parchment, reflects the conservative nature of Spain in the 7th/13th century, as does its distinctive script. Known as Maghribi, after the region of North Africa that roughly encompasses modern Morocco, this cursive script is a direct descendant of kufic. While retaining some of the solemnity and grandeur of the earlier rectilinear script, Maghribi incorporates graceful, deeply curved lines. It developed in the early 6th/12th century in both Spain and North Africa, and its use is restricted to these regions.
"Double page from a manuscript of the Qur’an" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;21;en
MWNF Working Number: US1 21