BEAM WITH QUR’ANIC INSCRIPTION - Aga Khan Museum
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Classification
Wood and Lacquer

Object name
Beam With Qur’anic Inscription

Geography
Egypt

Period
Tulunid, 9th century

Dynasty
Tulunid

Materials and technique
Carved wood

Dimensions
length 120 cm

Accession number
AKM00701

Description

Islamic woodwork is known through surviving examples since the seventh century; its history has been traced most comprehensively in Egypt (Contadini 1998, pp. 111-12), where the woodworking tradition was first practiced among the Christian Copts and the Tulunids, the first independent Islamic dynasty in that country. It is believed that Fatimid woodwork developed out of the Coptic and Tulunid traditions (ibid., p. 112). This square-sectioned beam contains mortice and tenon joints and bears a kufic inscription containing verses from the sixty-seventh chapter of the Qur’an. Only two other Tulunid beams with calligraphic decoration are known, one dated 898 CE and measuring nearly two metres, and the other appearing in fragments. One of these fragments was exhibited at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva in 1988–89 and is now housed in the David Collection, Copenhagen (Musée d’art et d’histoire 1988, pp. 52-53, pl. 1); other fragments can be found in the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo. The present beam was previously in the collections of Baron Elie de Rothschild and Jean-Paul Croisier.

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