Folio from Kitab fi ma’arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices), “Automata,” by al-Jazari (d. 1206); recto: part of a water-clock, with a man seated; verso: text

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Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Kitab fi ma’arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices) “Automata” by al-Jazari; text: Arabic in black naskhi script; recto: Part of a water-clock, with a man seated; verso: text, one column, 15 lines.

Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, 1354 (755 A.H.)
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 39.7 x 27.5 cm (15 5/8 x 10 13/16 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1932.19
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
automata, balcony, Egypt, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517)
Provenance

Fredrik Robert Martin (1868-1933) [1]

To 1932
H. Sevadjian, Paris to 1932 [2]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Sevadjian, Paris in 1932 through K. Minassian [3]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Martin, F.R. The Miniature Painting and Painters of Persia, India and Turkey, London, 1912; vol. I.

[2] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

H. Sevadjian
Fredrik Robert Martin 1868 - 1933

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Kitab fi ma'arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices) "Automata" by al-Jazari; text: Arabic in black naskhi script; recto: Part of a water-clock, with a man seated; verso: text, one column, 15 lines.

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Art of the Arab World. Exh. cat. Washington, 1975. cat. 52, p. 111.
  • Anna Contadini. The Kitab Manafi 'al Hayawan in the Escorial Library. no. 3. p. 43.
  • Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. The Treatise of al-Jazari on Automata: Leaves from a Manuscript of the Kitab fi ma' arifat al-hiyal al handasiya in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and elsewhere. Boston. .
  • Keppel Archibald Cameron Creswell. Dr. Martin's Treatise on Automata. 2 vols. London, 1924-1925. pp. 33-42.
  • The Book of Ingenious Devices (Kitab al-hiyal). Dordrecht, Holland and Boston. p. 212, fig. 6.
  • F. R. Martin. The Miniature Painting and Painters of Persia, India, and Turkey from the 8th to the 18th Century. 2 vols., London. frontispiece.
  • Rudolf Meyer Riefstahl. The Date and Provenance of the Automata Miniatures. vol. 11, no. 2 New York, June 1929. .
  • Eric Schroeder. Persian Miniatures in the Fogg Museum of Art. Cambridge, MA. cat. 1, pp. 21-27.
  • Ivan Stchoukine. La Peinture Iranienne sous les Derniers Abbasides et les Ilkhans. Bruges. cat. 28, pp. 99-100.
  • L.A. Mayer. Zum Titelblatt der Automata Miniaturen. vol. 35 Leipzig. cat. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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