Qur'an stand

The carvings on this Qur’an stand of ‘rahil’ illustrate the Islamic fondness for repetitive highly stylised floral motifs. As depictions of human beings or animals are discouraged in Islam, decorations are usually in the form of geometric patterns and floral motifs. Muslims ensure that the Holy Book is handled properly and treated with respect at all times as the Qur’an contains the Divine Message of God. The Qur’an is never left lying unattended on the floor. When read, the Qur'an is placed on the table or if one is seated on the floor, on an elevated plane - a pillow or a stand. The Qur'an is often kept in a box or wrapped in cloth and placed in a high place when not in use.

Date/Period
19th–early 20th centuries
Region
India
Dimension
Object size: 31 x 45 x 18 cm
Accession No.
1995-00900
Material
Wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving