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Hasan ibn Sulayman al-Isfahani. Qur’an stand. Iran, 1360 CE.

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Islamic custom dictates that the Qur’an be handled with great care and respect. One must make formal ablutions before touching it and it should not be excessively handled. Qur’an stands developed to cradle the text while in use. This stand from Iran combines wood carvings with wood inlay. Its front panel reads in Arabic, “O God! Be gracious to Muhammad, to Ali, the beloved son of Abu Talib, to Hasan and Husayn the martyrs, to 'Ali Zain alAbidin, to Muhammad Baqir".


Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund (10.218)/(CC0 1.0)

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Public Domain