This unusually large stand comprises two rectangular panels, elaborately carved in high relief with fine, intricate scrolling foliage, with the feet as cusped arch spandrels. The top sections are pierced, enhancing the dynamic appearance of the carving.
Most probably it was commissioned for a North Indian mosque or similar and was used to hold an especially large Koran.
See Christie’s London, ‘Islamic Art and Manuscripts, April 26, 2005, lot 236 for a related large Koran stand.
Overall, this Koran stand is highly decorative and of proportions that border on the monumental. The carving work is fine and the stand has a warm patina.
Christie’s London, ‘Islamic Art and Manuscripts’, April 26, 2005.