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Islamic Book Art

Die Islamabteilung

Though the Islam Section of the Gutenberg-Museum is not very big, it shows some excellent handwritten and typographic objects from several important countries of a culture area that has been defined by Islamic influence.

 

One of the most outstanding exhibits of this section is an Arabic block print of the 15th century. Equally impressive is how the history of printing is depicted by the first Arabic letters that had been printed in Europe during the same period.  Some small-format copies of the Koran, which were printed by means of photolithography at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as several printed body text fonts round out the history of printing with Arabic letters.

 

The most precious pieces of the Islam Section are some parchment pages with Kufic inscriptions and an earthenware bowl decorated with an inscription band from the early days of Islam.

 

Illustrated Manuscripts and some handwritten single pages of the 9th to 20th centuries show the traditional book art and art of writing in Arabic script. Some other important examples of the art of writing can be seen on several articles of daily use.


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