Codex Ṣanʿāʾ DAM 01-29.2 – A Qur'ānic Manuscript From 2nd Century Of Hijra
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(a) UNESCO Image No.066049B
(b) UNESCO Image No.068051B
(c) UNESCO Image No.154263B
(d) UNESCO Image No.154264B
Folios from codex DAM 01-29.2
2nd century of hijra.
Size & Folios
The codex originally had approximate dimensions of 40.0 cm (height) x 40.0 cms (width). The total number of folios in this codex are not known but 10 of them have been published so far.
History Of The Manuscript
This manuscript was found in the Great Mosque in Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen.
Script & Ornamentation
This beautiful codex is one of the two Qur'ans found in Ṣanʿāʾ which resemble the monumental codex from Syria, the “Great Umayyad Qur'ān” (Codex Ṣanʿāʾ – DAM 20-33.1). Their similarity in size, proportion, number of lines, script and illumination suggest that the “Great Umayyad Qur'an” may have served as a model. The fragments from this codex reflect the Syrian codex in quality rather than features. The letters are spaciously distributed and once connected individual letters tend to blend with their neighbours.
About 20 lines per page. Diacritical marks are sparsely distributed but there are no vowel marks. There are stops after every verse and every tenth verse is also indicated.
Below are the published folios of this codex.
Codex Ṣanʿāʾ DAM 01-29.2 Folio Number Qur'anic Surah Size of the Folio (cm.) Image Publication – 9:105 – 9:108 (29.2 x 35.5) von Bothmer et al., 1999 – 9:129 – 10:4 (39.0 x 36.0) UNESCO Image No. 066049C – 10:21 – 10:24 (38.0 x 36.0) UNESCO Image No. 154263B – 11:95 – 11:101 38.0 x 41.0 UNESCO Image No. 064047B – 12:41 – 12:46 38.0 x 41.0 UNESCO Image No. 065048B – 14:48 – 15:5 (39.0 x 34.0) UNESCO Image No. 154262C – 16:80 – 16:85 (38.0 x 39.0) UNESCO Image No. 067050C – 16:90 – 16:94 40.0 x 43.0 UNESCO Image No. 068051C – 17:7 – 17:13 (40.0 x 40.0) UNESCO Image No. 154264B; von Bothmer et al., 1999 – 17:97 – 17:102 (40.0 x 40.0) UNESCO Image No. 154265B
Dār al-Makhṭūtāt, Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen.
 See H-C. G. von Bothmer's write-up and images in M. B. Piotrovsky & J. Vrieze (Eds.), Art Of Islam: Heavenly Art And Earthly Beauty, 1999, De Nieuwe Kerk: Amsterdam & Lund Humphries Publishers, pp. 104-105.
 Compiled from Memory Of The World: Ṣanʿāʾ Manuscripts, CD-ROM Presentation by UNESCO. Also see K. Small & E. Puin, "UNESCO CD of Ṣanʿāʾ Mss. Part 3: Qur'ān Palimpsests, And Unique Qur'ān Illustrations", Manuscripta Orientalia, 2007, Volume 13, Number 2, pp. 64, 69.
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