Folio from an Arabic translation of De materia medica by Dioscorides (ca. 40-90 C.E.); recto: The Greek physician Erasistratos with an assistant; verso: text

citation

Detached folio from an Arabic translation De Materia Medica by Pedanius Dioscorides; text: Arabic in black naskh script; recto: illustration and text, The Greek physician Erasistratos with an assistant, one column, 7 lines; verso: text, one column, 13 lines; one of a group of 9 folios.

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: 10.8 x 16.9 cm (4 1/4 x 6 5/8 in)
Geography
Iraq, Probably Baghdad
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1947.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), De Materia Medica, Iraq, naskh script, physician, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Mme. Maria Louise Sarre

Description

Detached folio from an Arabic translation De Materia Medica by Pedanius Dioscorides; text: Arabic in black naskh script; recto: illustration and text, The Greek physician Erasistratos with an assistant, one column, 7 lines; verso: text, one column, 13 lines; one of a group of 9 folios.

Label

The Arabic copies of the Materia Medica are notable for their lively, often narrative compositions, as is evident from this illustration. The accompanying text quotes a number of remedies prescribed by the celebrated Greek physician Erasistratos of Alexandria (ca. 276-194 B.C.E.). Rather than simply depicting the plants in question, the artist has portrayed Erasistratos reclining on a bed with an open book at his feet. He is accompanied by an assistant, and both figures appear in deep contemplation, implying a critical aspect of the art of healing.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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