Folio from a copy of the De Materia Medica by Dioscorides (ca. 40-90 C.E.); recto: Two physicians cutting a plant; verso: text

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1224 (621 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Baghdad, Iraq
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 33 x 24.9 cm (13 x 9 13/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Abdallah ibn al-Fadl
  • Author

    Pedanius Dioscorides (died 90 CE)
  • Description

    Detached folio from a copy of the De materia medica by Pedanius Dioscorides; text: Arabic in black and red naskh script; recto: illustration and text, Two physicians cutting a plant (Euphorbia helioscopa), 6 lines; verso: text, 13 lines; one of a group of 9 folios.
  • Marks

    Verso lower left has "M34" penciled on it.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Near Eastern Ceramics (May 14, 1981 to May 10, 1985)
    Art of the Arab World (August 15, 1980 to May 13, 1981)
    Art of the Arab World (May 8, 1975 to August 20, 1977)
    Near Eastern Art (January 1, 1963 to August 18, 1967)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 6 and 7 (February 25, 1956 to April 10, 1962)
  • Origin

    Baghdad, Iraq
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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