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Highlights : The Italic kufi script

Script        : Italic Kufi
Dimension     : 50 x 36 cm
Copying date  : 1st / 2nd centuries
Surah name    : Surat al Kahf
Verses number : Part of 17 to 27 and part of 28

The script leans a little to the right. There is a ten verses indicator in the fragment and another figure that resembles it after verse number (20). The letter points are in the form of short strokes in the location of the letters.

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Highlights : Ten verse indicator - circular figure

Script        : Kufi Masahif
Dimension     : 16 x 36 cm
Copying date  : 1st / 2nd century
Surah name    : Surat al Mumtahina
Verses number : Part of 4 to 8 and part of 9

There is some elongation in some letters, and the copyist has written the Hamza of the letter Alif as a green circle either above it, below it or on its right side.

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Highlights : Ten verse indicator - circular figure

Script        : Kufi Masahif
Dimension     : 14x21 CM
Copying date  : 2nd / 3rd Centuries
Surah name    : Surat al Baqara
Verses number : part of 80 to part of 81

This fragment is written in normal Kufi script that is well known for the writing of Quran in the first three centuries of the Higrah. There are no verses divisions but there is a gilded ten verses indicator.

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Highlights : Five verse division - Ornamented letter Ha

Script        : Kufi Masahif
Dimension     : 27 x 37 CM
Copying date  : 2nd / 3rd Centuries
Surah name    : Surat al Mursalat
Verses number : 5 to 26 and part of 27

These fragments show high artistic skills represented in the Surah divisions, due to the integration of the foliar/floral units forming them. This is also clear in the frames surrounding the verses and the gilded ten verses indicators. No letter points exist in these fragments.

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Highlights : Letter pointings - short strokes

Script        : Kufi Masahif
Dimension     : 39 x 36 CM
Copying date  : 2nd Century
Surah name    : Surat al Tawba, surat Yunus
Verses number : part of 129 from surat al Tawba to 3
                and part of 4 from surat Yunus

Letter pointing in the form of short strokes are used in this manuscript. Surah divisions are ornamented with colored foliar/floral ornaments and surrounded by a colored frame.

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