Antique 18th century Persian Islamic Qur'an Stand (KURSI)
Antique, 18th - early 19th century, Persian Islamic Qur'an stand (KURSI) of sycamore, overlaid with minute mosaic of coloured woods, bone and metal. Formed of two parts intersecting and hinged together, the upper part decorated on both sides with six pointed star - Seal of Solomon - Khātim Sulaymāni خاتم_سليمان, the lower half carved in openwork with a palmette motif, profusely decorated with geometric motifs and is roughly painted with “V” pattern on the inner surface.
REFERENCES: Please note that this is not a common Qur'an stand, such as most other Qur'an stands, but is of museum quality and considered as an Islamic art work. A similar stand to this one can be found on display in the world's leading museum of art and design, Victoria and Albert Museum London England .
To view a comparable stand in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London collection.
Please see the link below.
Another similar 18th century stand is in the Collection of the Museum of Ethnology Rotterdam 'Wereldmuseum' Museum Voor Volkenkunde (Rotterdam]. Published in the book: Dreaming of Paradise: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Museum of Ethnology Rotterdam. Page 198 .Figure 170. Please see the picture attached to the listing.
The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned book, together with a certificate of authenticity.
MEASUREMENTS: (open) Overall length: 46.3 cm (18 1/4 inches).High:26 cm (10 1/4 inches) Width: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 inches).
CONDITION: Age and usage is showing, some portion of loss to the bone inlay on the bottom edge. However, the stand is in good condition considering that its age to be of 200 years.