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Somalian Koranic Writing Board

Country Of Origin

Somalia

Date

20th century

Size

15.5 x 108 cms (6 x 42½ ins)

Materials

Wood, ink

Technique

Carved, calligraphy

Condition

Excellent condition

Writing on wooden boards is the traditional method of learning reading and writing both Arabic and the Koran in Africa. The boards are washed and scrubbed after use and then written on again, creating a smooth polished surface, with ink worked into the grain of the wood. The shapes vary from country to country, this narrow elongated shape is associated with Somalia. The board has script on both sides and has obviously received many years of use.

There are similar examples in the Museum of African Art in Washington DC and The Fowler Museum.

References

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2242

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