V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Kufic script

This page is from a manuscript of the Qur’an, the divine revelation on which Islam is based. In making beautiful copies of the Qur’an, calligraphers used refined forms of the Arabic script governed by a strict system of proportions. This page is in the ‘plump’ Kufic style, the earliest form of Arabic calligraphy. The Kufic style became characteristic of Abbasid art and was used for inscriptions on buildings and objects. The bowl shown here is inscribed with blessings on its owner.

Page from a Qur’an
Middle East
800-1000
Museum No. Circ.161-1951