© The David Collection

Name of Object:

Koran page


Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection


Hegira 1st half of the 1th century / AD 2nd half of the 7th century

Type of object:

Parchment leaf from a Qur'an written in Hijazi, manuscript

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 86/2003

Period / Dynasty:

Early Islamic period


Hijaz Province, the Arabian Peninsula, or Syria


This leaf is from one of the oldest extant copies of the Koran. It is a palimpsest: the original text was scraped off and a new one was written on the parchment. The original text reemerged and can be read as a shadow under the later one. Both are transcripts of the Koran’s sura 2, “The Cow.”

Both texts were written in Hijazi, the earliest Arabic script used for Korans.

Citation of this web page:

 "Koran page" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;dn;Mus21;1;en&id=calligraphy

MWNF Working Number: DN 01

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