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Antique Islamic Qur’an Koran Stand from the Swat Valley, Pakistan Mid 19th Century

Antique Islamic Qur’an Koran Stand from the Swat Valley, Pakistan Mid 19th Century
Antique Islamic Qur’an Koran Stand from the Swat Valley, Pakistan Mid 19th Century

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Origin: Swat valley. Pakistan (Hindu Kush, Northern Pakisatn). Date: 19th cent. Dimensions: 67 x 55 x 40 cms.

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Item No: A1699
About this item:

Origin: Swat valley. Pakistan (Hindu Kush, Northern Pakistan).
Date: 19th cent.
Dimensions: 67 x 55 x 40 cms

This is a wonderful, carved Qur’an stand from the Swat Valley of Pakistan and is dated circa 1850. Beautifully intricate arabesque and stylised floral designs adorn the exterior surface of the stand, while the inner surfaces were smoothly sanded and polished and now exhibit the exquisite aged patina. The decoration is archetypal of Swat Valley craftsmanship, demonstrating strong Indo-Persian influence. With the exception of slight discoloration in small areas the stand is in superb condition (as photographed).

Provenance
The chair was purchased in March 2000 at the former Gordon Reece Gallery of Finkle Street, Knaresborough, N. Yorks and 16 Clifford Street, London. From there it resided in a private collection of Indian & South East Asian art, until purchase posthumously by the current owner.