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THE HOLY QURAN – ON PAPYRUS

Medium               :   Papyrus  (Uthmani script)

Dates     :   7th century

Dimensions         :   Length 10inches Breadth 6inches Weight 1.5kg

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Using papyrus from Egypt, the fibrous layers within the stem of the plant were removed and a number of these longitudinal strips were placed side by side and then crossed at right angles with another set of strips.  The two layers formed a sheet, which was then dampened and pressed.  Upon drying the glue like sap of the plant acted as adhesive and cemented the layers together.  Sheet was finally hammered and dried in the sun.

This The Holy Quran documented in 7th century and by writing on papyrus allowed it to be written enmasse, but the extraordinary feature is that even here, for reading purposes, there is a rectangular band at the end of every chapter and a round circle boldened with gold depicts.  Text of each sura is divided into 5 gold  circles located at the end of each verse.

The rounded palmette allows the readers to quickly locate the beginning of each sura, the handwritten Uthmani script using indigo colour, giving the blue colour.