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Kufic Writing on Parchment

Artist Unknown
Culture Islamic
Title Kufic Writing on Parchment
Date 9th–10th centuries
Medium Ink and gold on parchment
Dimensions Overall: 6 1/16 x 8 5/16 in. (15.4 x 21.1 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 63.41

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Early Qur’an manuscripts from the eighth to tenth centuries are mostly fragmentary today, but they are easily identifiable by their large, angular script; oblong format; as well as their use of parchment. The oldest codified script is called Kufic. Its name is derived from the city of Kufa in modern-day Iraq.

Colored dots (gold, red, blue, and green) are used as diacritical markings, and gold illuminates chapter headings and verse markers. Chapter headings often are marked in the margins with a finial, while verses are separated with larger gold dots, floral designs, or medallions.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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