Medium: Wood, ink, string
Dates:late 19th or early 20th century
Dimensions: 31 7/8 x 11 x 1 in. (81 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm)
Accession Number: 22.231
Image: 22.231_side1_SL1.jpg,side 1
Catalogue Description: Rectangular instructional tablet with painted designs in brown and black Arabic script. A passage from the Qur'an (chapter 97) appears on one side (see catalogue card for quotation) written in a square near the top. It is bound by a diamond-shaped pattern as well as pyramidal and flag like forms. Lower half has stylized figures and scorpions. Label on this side says, “Instructional tablet for school. Omdurman. 17". On other side script (single words) is interspersed with stylized human and animal forms as well as circular snail-like motifs. Handle has incised zigzag and circle designs. There is a cord tied around the base of the handle. Condition is good. Evidence of wear throughout, including some stains. Handle chipped and edges worn. String fragile; has been reconnected.