Folio from an Arabic translation of De materia medica by Dioscorides (ca. 40-90 C.E.); recto: The Greek physician Erasistratos with an assistant; verso: text

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1224 (621 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Probably Baghdad, Iraq
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 10.8 x 16.9 cm (4 1/4 x 6 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1947.5
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1947.5

Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Abdallah ibn al-Fadl
  • Author

    Pedanius Dioscorides (died 90 CE)
  • Description

    Detached folio from an Arabic translation De Materia Medica by Pedanius Dioscorides; text: Arabic in black naskh script; recto: illustration and text, The Greek physician Erasistratos with an assistant, one column, 7 lines; verso: text, one column, 13 lines; one of a group of 9 folios.
  • 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—Paintings, Metalwork (August 18, 1967 to February 10, 1972)
  • Origin

    Probably Baghdad, Iraq
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Manuscript
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