Writing board (Koranic)
Object Place: Africa
Overall: 64.2 x 21.2 x 1 cm (25 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 3/8 in.)
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Islam has a long history in North Africa dating back to the 7th century C.E. when Arabic armies were able to take control from the Byzantine Empire. Writing boards are used in Madrasas, schools that teach children the Qur’an, to aid students in memorization of the text. A person that commits the Qu’ran to memory is called a hafiz.
1989, sold by Galerie Majestic, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart