Stand for a Qur'an Manuscript

Maker: Zain(?) Hasan Sulaiman Isfahani

Object Name: Qur'an stand

Date: dated A.H. 761/A.D. 1360

Geography: Made in Iran

Medium: Wood (teak); carved, painted, and inlaid

Dimensions: W. (when closed) 16 1/8 in. (41 cm)
H. (when closed) 51 1/4 in. (130.2 cm)

Dimensions when open: H. 45 in. (114.3 cm)
W. 50 in. (127 cm)
D. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm)

Classification: Wood

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1910

Accession Number: 10.218


Three layers of superb carving combining vegetal motifs and calligraphic inscriptions cover the surface of this Qur'an stand. The inscriptions include decorative arrangements of the words Allah, 'Ali, and Muhammad, and blessings upon the Prophet and the Twelve Imams. In addition, they provide us with the information that the stand was made by Hasan [ibn] Zain ibn Sulaiman al‑Isfahani for endowment to a madrasa, or theological college, in the year 1360.