About this artwork
Among the distinctive traits of Swahili culture the production of finely crafted props for reading and studying the Qur’an. These objects have been made for scribes, wealthy merchants, and their families. Swahili Qur’an stands, used to hold the holy book as it is read and studied, can range from simple to exceedingly ornate. Like many, this well-worn example is made of two pieces of wood that are hinged together, opening into an X-shaped cradle. Its relatively simple design is defined by a large hexagonal pattern of interlocking flower petals on either side.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of Africa
- Qur'an Stand (Marufaa)
- Made 1900–1975
- Approx. 17.8 cm 30.5 cm (7 × 12 in.)
- Gift of John Reuter-Pacyna and Jay Zerbe