Writing board (Koranic)

North African
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Africa

Dimensions

Overall: 64.2 x 21.2 x 1 cm (25 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2596

Medium or Technique

wood, ink

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart