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Book stand

18th century

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

A folding book stand such as this was often used to support the Quran and other manuscripts while being read. Blossoms and leaves framed by serpentine leaves ornament the exterior while the interior, where the manuscript would lie, is plain. The stand is made of two interlocking sides that originate from a single piece of jade. Jade is a relatively hard gemstone and so cannot be "carved," only worn away with a harder material such as diamond fragments. The ornamentation on the stand, and the stand itself, were both fashioned in this manner. Purchased in India.

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  • Title: Book stand
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 4 1/8 x 8 x 5 in. (10.5 x 20.3 x 12.7cm)
  • Type: Hardstones
  • External Link: View on the Shangri La Website
  • Medium: Jade
  • Period: Mughal
  • On View: On loan to the Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Object Number: 41.36
  • Culture: Northern India

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