Detached folio from a Aja’ib al-makhluqat (Wonders of Creation) by al-Qazvini; recto: Symbol of the Moon, Sphere of the Moon; verso: Phases of the Moon

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Maker(s)
Author: Muhammad al-Qazvini (ca. 1203-1283)
Historical period(s)
early 15th century
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions
H x W (recto figure painting): 10.2 × 9 cm (4 × 3 9/16 in)
Geography
Iraq or Eastern Turkey
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1954.33
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
astronomy, Iraq, moon, Turkey, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1945
Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre (1865-1945). [1]

To 1954
Mme. Maria Louise Sarre, Ascona, Switzerland. [2]

From 1954
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Paul Kempner, New York on behalf of Mme. Maria Louise Sarre, Ascona, Switzerland. [3]

Notes:

[1] Object file F1954.33-114, undated folder sheet note 2. “The manuscript was originally acquired by Prof. Friedrich Sarre in Algiers”.

[2] Object file F1954.33-114, undated folder sheet note 1. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2. See also invoice dated July 22, 1954 and correspondences between Dr. Paul Kempner and the Freer Gallery, dated July 21, 1954; copies in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

Mme. Maria Louise Sarre
Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre

Label

According to Al-Qazvini the sphere of the moon lies between the sphere of fire and the sphere of Mercury. It completes its orbit every 28 days moving from east to west in the sky. Because the moon's orbit is the smallest of all the heavenly spheres it moves the fastest and is thus known as "The Runner." The moon's movements affect the tides of large bodies of water and also have power over animals and men. The moon remains only two and a half days in each sign of the zodiac.

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

Copyright with museum

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