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
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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
Provenance research underway.
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
  • Anecdotes and Antidotes: A Medieval Arabic History of Physicians. Oxford's World Classics, August 29, 2020. cover and pg. 313, fig. 3.
  • A Literary History of Medicine - The ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ fī ṭabaqāt al-aṭibbāʾ of Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah (5 Volumes). Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 The Near and Middle East Boston, December 19, 2019. Cover on all five volumes.
  • 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, pp. 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, pp. 70-71.
  • Romance and Reason: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past. Exh. cat. New York. 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. Brussels. 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
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