Folio from an Automata by al-Jazari (d.1206); recto: illustration: Container for dispensing wine; verso: text

Detached folio from the Kitab fi ma’arifat al-hiyal al-handasiya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices, known as the “Automata”) by al-Jazari; text: Arabic in black naskhi script; recto: illustration and text, Container for dispensing wine, 8 lines; verso: text, A container constructed to dispense a combination of four different wines, one column, 21 lines; one of a group of eight folios.

Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Farruq ibn Abd al-Latif
Author: al-Jazari
Historical period(s)
Mamluk Period, December 1315 (Ramadan 715 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 30.1 x 21.9 cm (11 7/8 x 8 5/8 in)
Geography
Probably Syria
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1930.72
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
automata, cow, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), Syria, wine
Provenance

To 1930
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1930 [1]

From 1930
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1930 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962

Description

Detached folio from the Kitab fi ma'arifat al-hiyal al-handasiya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices, known as the "Automata") by al-Jazari; text: Arabic in black naskhi script; recto: illustration and text, Container for dispensing wine, 8 lines; verso: text, A container constructed to dispense a combination of four different wines, one column, 21 lines; one of a group of eight folios.

Published References
  • Shane McCausland. The Mongol Century: Visual Cultures of Yuan China, 1271-1368. London. .
  • Anna Contadini. The Kitab Manafi 'al Hayawan in the Escorial Library. no. 3. p. 43.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Art of the Arab World. Exh. cat. Washington, 1975. cat. 48, p. 107.
  • The Book of Ingenious Devices [Kitab al-hiyal]. Dordrecht, Holland and Boston. p. 221, pl. 15.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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