Detail View: The AMICA Library: Writing Board

AMICA ID: 
BCM_.75.36.254
AMICA Library Year: 
2003
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Description: 
Flat, rectangular wooden writing board with a crescent-shaped handle at the top; top of crescent notched and handle throat open in center with horizontal linear incising at top and bottom on one side; traces of Arabic calligraphy in black ink on both sides of the board; dark brown patina.
Creator Nationality: 
African
Creator Name-CRT: 
Sudan
Title: 
Writing Board
View: 
Full view
Creation Date: 
20th century
Creation Start Date: 
1900
Creation End Date: 
1975
Materials and Techniques: 
Wood
Classification Term: 
Drawing Instruments
Creation Place: 
Sudan, Africa
Dimensions: 
Length: 17 3/4"; width: 10"
AMICA Contributor: 
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: 
Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 
75.36.254
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Herbert S. Zim, 1975
Rights: 
Context: 
A writing board for children learning and practicing Arab calligraphy. Texts from the Koran are usually copied for practice; black ink may be washed off and the board reused. Some boards belong to teachers, with the texts written on them as examples for students.
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