Folio from an Arabic translation of De Materia Medica by Dioscorides (ca. 40-90 C.E.); recto: A physician treats a blindfolded man; verso: text

Detached folio from an Arabic translation of De materia medica by Pedanius Dioscorides; text: Arabic in black naskh script, headings in red; recto: illustration and text, A physician treats a blindfolded man; one column, 6 lines of text, verso: text, one column, thirteen lines; one of a group of eight folios.

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Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Abdallah ibn al-Fadl
Author: Pedanius Dioscorides (died 90 CE)
Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 1224 (621 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 33.1 x 24.3 cm (13 1/16 x 9 9/16 in)
Geography
Iraq, Probably Baghdad
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.97
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), De Materia Medica, Henri Vever collection, Iraq, medicine, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Fredrik Robert Martin (1868-1933) [1]

To 1912
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, France. [2]

From 1912 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Georges Demotte, Paris, France on November 30, 1912. [3]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [4]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [5]

Notes:

[1] See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 401.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 232.

[4] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[5] See note 4.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Fredrik Robert Martin 1868 - 1933
Georges Demotte 1877 - 1923
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached folio from an Arabic translation of De materia medica by Pedanius Dioscorides; text: Arabic in black naskh script, headings in red; recto: illustration and text, A physician treats a blindfolded man; one column, 6 lines of text, verso: text, one column, thirteen lines; one of a group of eight folios.

Published References
  • H. Buchtal. Early Islamic Miniatures from Baghdad. vol. 5 Baltimore. no. 7, p. 23, fig. 10.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 64, p. 55-56.
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 4, p. 70-71.
  • Romance and Reason: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past. Exh. cat. New York, NY. p. 72, fig. 4-7.
  • 1001 Cures, Contributions in Medicine & Healthcare from Muslim Civilisation. Manchester, United Kingdom. p. 78.
  • Hossam Elkhadem, Ahmed Medhoune, Nathalie Levy. A la Découverte de l'Âge d'Or des Sciences Arabes: Catalogue de l'Exposition Itinérante. Exh. cat. Bruxelles. p. 91.
  • Henry Corbin, Paul Pelliot, Eustache de Lorey. Les Arts de l'Iran, l'ancienne Perse, et Bagdad. Paris. cat. 10.3, p. 129.
  • L'Age d'or des sciences arabes: Exposition présentée a l'Institut du monde arabe, Paris, 25 octobre 2005-19 mars 2006. Exh. cat. Arles and Paris. cat. 88, p. 164.
  • Ernst Grube. Materialien zum Dioskurides Arabicus. p. 174.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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