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“By the eleventh century, a number of distinct kufic scripts had developed. In Iran, the letters became more refined, characterized by elongated vertical strokes with left-facing flourishes. In this folio, from a now-dispersed copy of the Koran, the vegetal scroll design, usually reserved for discrete areas of illumination, serves as a backdrop to the elegantly proportioned words. This is the only known Koran decorated in this unusual and elaborate manner.”

Fritware bowl decorated under the glaze with blue, and lustre over a transparent glaze. At the centre of the bowl are two birds, surrounded by bands of inscriptions, in both kufic and cursive scripts, which contain the verses of a Persian love poem, as well as the date 614 H / 1217 AD.