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Single Leaf from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica
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Single Leaf from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica


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Description Walters leaf W.675 is a single leaf from a dispersed manuscript (Aya Sofya 3703, later Top Kapi Seray 2147) of the Arabic version of De materia medica by Dioscorides (active ca. 65) that was copied in 621 AH/AD 1224 in Baghdad. Approximately 30 illustrations were removed from this parent manuscript that are now in public and private collections. The Walters' leaf depicts two doctors preparing medicine. A funnel is set on a tripod over a vessel. The two men preparing the medicinal draught stand on either side of the tripod beside two fruit trees. The text is written in partially vocalized Naskh script in brownish-black and red ink.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Loan Considerationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2016.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
Rajab 621 AH/AD 1224
Medium
ink, pigments and gold leaf on thick, laid paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.675
Measurements
H: 13 3/16 × W: 9 13/16 in. (33.5 × 24.9 cm); Framed, approx H: 21 1/4 × W: 16 1/4 × D: 1 1/4 in. (53.98 × 41.28 × 3.18 cm)
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