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Kufi

Arabic script used extensively in early Islamic times which has specific proportional measurements, along with pronounced angularity and squareness; the name comes from the Iraqi city of Kufa.

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The manuscript page is illustrated with a drawing in black ink that portrays two warriors standing on either side of a tree with bent branches, upon which a pair of birds in a back to back position.

Each of the two men is holding a spear in his hand and is wearing a garment with geometrical decorations and decorated with bands on their shoulders. We can read the word "Baraka" which means "blessings" on one of them. These decorations appear to be a chain mail.

The man on the left is wearing a sword with a loop attached to the hilt. He has a shaved beard and moustache and long hair reaching his shoulders. The man on the right is wearing a turban with two horns and a shaved head with a light beard and moustache. Each of the men has a halo around his head.

At the top of the page is a Kufic inscription with a floral decoration reading "Prosperity and Bounty to the leader Abi Mansur." The drawing is surrounded by interlocking four-sided polygons and in each of the corners are braided designs.

Dimensions:  Length 14 cm  Width 14 cm

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Culture:

Islamic

Technique:

Transcribed

Style:

Fatimid

Materials:

Paper
Type Type

Type:

Paper
Map Map

Location: 

Museum of Islamic Art

Created: 

Al-Fustat
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Created: 

11th Century AD
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