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Name of Object:

Double page from a manuscript of the Qur’an


Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 7th century / AD late 13th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ink, colours, and gold on parchment


27.46 x 44.76 cm

Period / Dynasty





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.

Citation of this web page:

 "Double page from a manuscript of the Qur’an" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;21;en

MWNF Working Number: US1 21


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Manuscripts


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