MATERIAL: Wood
TYPE: Writing Board
DIMENSIONS: 460 by 160 mm
COMPONENTS: Ink on carved wooden panel with handle. Single large wooden board, with 6 and 8 lines informal maghribi script respectively, curved base and handle at the top stylised with two protruding angles and a suspension hole.
CONDITION: Scuffed and text a little faded.
ITEM ID: 5048
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Qur’anic Writing Board

DATE
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

An attractive Qur’anic writing board, containing verses of the Qur’an relating to Suleyman, in Arabic, ink on carved wooden panel with handle.

Writing tablets of this nature were commonly used in North African territories as a way of teaching the Qur’an, whereby the verses were written on the boards and then memorised by the students. Another use for these objects was the extraction of their magical properties by means of ritual washing, whereby water containing residual traces of ink from the holy text might be used as a form of medicine.