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Writing board (coranic)

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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...

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By 1989, Galerie Majestic, Paris France; 1989, sold by Galerie Majestic to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Northern Africa, 20th century


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

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Medium or Technique

wood, ink


Africa and Oceania


Religious and cult objects