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.
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- 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 Library of Aya Sofya, Istanbul, no. 3703 . Acquired by Fredrik Robert Martin [1868-1933], Stockholm, before 1912 . Acquired by Max Williams [d. 1927 (?)], New York . Acquired by Dikran Kelekian [1868-1951], New York ; acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  Removed from manuscript likely late 19th-early 20th century  See Martin, “Miniature Painting and Painters of Persia, India and Turkey” (1912)  Label on paper removed from verso: “Max Williams / 538 Madison Avenue / Between 54th and 55th Street / New York / No. A5529  Photograph in curatorial file labeled “Kelekian 1928”
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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