Qur'an Stand (Marufaa)

A work made of wood.

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Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Swahili
Kenya
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

Among the distinctive traits of Swahili culture is 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, 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. It features decorative shaping at the legs, notched embellishment along the upper edges, and incised floral and geometric patterns that are reminiscent of embroidery.

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Arts of Africa

Artist

Swahili

Title

Qur'an Stand (Marufaa)

Origin

Kenya

Date

1900–1975

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

Approx. 17.8 x 30.5 cm (7 x 12 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of John Reuter-Pacyna and Jay Zerbe

Reference Number

2005.466

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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