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THE HOLY QURAN – GOLD BAND WITH GOLD DESIGNS

Medium               :   Parchment leather

Dates     :   1st to mid-8th century

Dimensions         :   Length 7inches Breadth 4inches Weight 454g

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Manuscript between the 1st and early 2nd centuries to mid-8th century, in Topkapi Manuscript clearly shows the script, illumination, and marking, extensively of varying  thickness and size.  The surahs are separated by wide horizontal bands of gold in the form of rectangles. Sometimes the corners are decorated, this change to horizontal formats and thick heavy looking scripts may have been done to show the superiority of The Holy Quran to distinguish the Islamic tradition from Jewish and Christian.  Here in this The Holy Quran is the shafts of the freestanding alif and the right-sided tail (foot) of the isolated alif.  These manuscripts do not have headings of chapters (suras).  In the Ottoman period in Turkey, this is one of the rarest of rare using parchment leather.