Posted on: 25 January 2013

Page from a large Qur’an in kufic script
Asia, late 8th century - early 9th century AD

Although severely damaged, this folio gives us a glimpse of the unique quality of the codex that once comprised it. The style in which it is written, characterized by a marked horizontal stretch in some letters (mashq), is one the most elegant renderings of kufic script, the angular style used for copying Qur'ans in the first centuries of Islam. The script on this page possesses a range of archaic features that have led scholars to associate the manuscript with an early date.
This idea is also reinforced by the likelihood that the vowels and diacritical marks, which look rather inconsistent and irregular when compared to the disciplined and balanced execution of the consonants, were added at a later date.

© University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum

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I love this form of early Kufic

I was going to say how beautiful. I saw a lot of it in Afghanistan and Samarkand and it is a really elegant script. I do not read Persan or Arabic but I am a printer who has always loved Typography or Calligraphy, irrelevant of where it is from.