The Jack Daulton Collection
Antique & Ethnographic Art

Koranic board, 

Burkina Faso, 

20th century


Koranic writing board (lawh)

weathered wood with Arabic writing in black pigment (ink)

age unknown, likely 20th century

probably Tuareg people

length (including handle): 37 cm

acquired by Jack Daulton in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


For the type, see Thomas K. Seligman and Kristyne Loughran, eds., Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World (Los Angeles: Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University and UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2006), pp. 70, 72, 146.  See also:  Paul Salopek, “Lost in the Sahel,” National Geographic, April 2008, 34-67, at 50-51 (photograph of a child holding such a board at a Koranic school in Niger).

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