Writing board (Koranic)

North African
20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Africa


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood, ink

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


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.


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