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Faisal Reza
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Attended Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Surabaya
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A Fragment of wooden panel with Kufic Inscription (5 x 35 cm): Most Probably Originated from Egypt under Tulunid dynasty or Umayyad Caliphate of Al-Andalus, Spain in 9th or 10th cent. AD. Apparently such panel is part of a large carved Wooden Beam or door as an aesthetic function of architectural element used in Medieval Islamic buildings.

The type of this Kufic inscription is similar to the wooden panel displayed at David Collection in Copenhagen (Inventory # 1/2002) but also very similar to an inscription carved on the Umayyad pillar base, as displayed in Museum of Toledo, Spain.

The inscription can be read as 'Allah Malik Al Mulk' (The Owner of All Sovereignty), in which a phrase was commonly used by the Islamic ruler in medieval period, especially by the Ummayad Caliphate of Al-Andalus until early 11 cent AD.

The panel is acquired during archaeological and Ethnography auction which was held by Vermot Associes Paris in July 2016.
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An Eastern Kufic Qur'an Bifolium on vellum: Probably Originated from Zirid Dynasty of North Africa or most likely Taifa of Granada, Andalusia in late 10th cent. AD.

The choice of Eastern Kufic script was not uncommon during the raise of Zirid dynasty, as was also employed in the famous Mushaf Al-Hadina. Our specimen has a similar 7-line format to other Qur'ans copied in the region of Andalusia.

The manuscript was acquired from a private collector based in the UK in January 2014 with an assistance by Department of Islamic Art in Sotheby's London.

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Torre del Oro: The watchtower of Seville upon Guadalquilvir river. Built by the Almohad in 13th cent AD. Seville, October 2016
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Seeking Refuge in the empire: A pigeon shelters on the Almohad capital, Real Alcazar, Seville, October 2016
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The Golden Touch: An illuminated dome of Real Alcazar in Mudejar style with Muqarnas (Mocarabe) architectural element which was added later post reconquista. Seville, October 2016.
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The Royal Prayer: An original Mihrab of Mezquita de Cordoba with illuminated mosaics of Kufic script. The mosque was completed by Al Hakam II of Umayyad in mid 10th cent AD. Cordoba Revisit, October 2016
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An Atabeg's Ewer: This grand brass ewer (h: 32 cm) is produced during Zengid Atabegs based in Mosul Iraq up to mid 13th cent AD. The ewer is completed using repousse technique and engraved in floral and courtly figures in silver and copper inlay which reminds us of the famous Blacas ewer of British Museum, London.

The ewer is acquired during an oriental art auction held in Rosebery's London in October 2016.
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La Giralda: The mighty minaret which was originally built by the Almohad and designed by Ahmad ben Baso in 1184 AD which is a resemblance of La Koutubia minaret of Marrakech. Sevilla Revisit, October 2016
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Art of the Words: The Qur'anic epigraphy in Maghreb script carved on a wooden door of Real Alcazar. Seville Revisit, October 2016.
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The art of Mudejar: A carved wooden corbel of Real Alcazar palace in Maghreb style of inscription. The palace itself was originally built by the Almohad in 12 cent AD. Seville Revisit, October 2016
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The white alley: Perhaps the very last stronghold of Moorish Al-Andalus. Pampeneira, October 2016
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Introduction

I am currently holding European Professional Engineer (Eur Ing) certified by FEANI, Brussel and an antique enthusiast as well as collector.

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  • Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Surabaya
    1995 - 2000
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  • Statoil ASA, Norway
    Materials/Corrosion Specialist, present
  • Syncrude Oil, Canada, University of Leeds, UK, Deloro Stellite, Swindon, UK, Petronas Carigali, Malaysia
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