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Turkish Version of the Wonders of Creation
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Turkish Version of the Wonders of Creation


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Description Walters manuscript W.659 is an Ottoman illuminated and illustrated Turkish version of 'Aja'ib al-makhluqat (Wonders of creation) by Zakariya al-Qazwini (died 692 AH/AH 1293), made at the request of the Vizier Murtaza Pasa (Murtadá Pasha) (active 11th century AH/AD 17th). The codex was completed in 1121 AH/AD 1717 by Muhammad ibn Muhammad Shakir Ruzmah-'i Nathani. There are 444 paintings illustrating the text. The binding is not original to the manuscript.
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
1121 AH/AD 1717 (Ottoman)
Medium
ink and pigments on European laid paper covered with leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.659
Measurements
Folio H: 13 x W: 7 7/8 in. (33 x 20 cm)
Geography
  • Turkey (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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