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Folio from Kitab fi ma'arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices) Automata by al-Jazari (died 1206); recto: text; verso: text and illustration: The water clock of the drummers

Catalog Data

Calligrapher:
Farruq ibn Abd al-Latif  Search this
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.8 x 21.5 cm (12 1/8 x 8 7/16 in)
Type:
Manuscript
Origin:
Probably Syria
Date:
1315 (715 A.H.)
Period:
Mamluk period
Description:
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Kitab fi ma'arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices), "Automata," by al-Jazari; text: Arabic in black naskh script; recto: text, 20 lines; verso: illustration and text: The water clock of the drummers, 3 lines; one of a group of 8 folios.
Provenance:
To 1942
Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., New York to 1942 [1]
From 1942
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc. in 1942 [2]
Notes:
[1] See Freer Gallery or Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
[2] See note 1.
Collection:
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
Art of the Mamluks (May 14, 1981 to May 25, 1982)
Art of the Arab World (August 15, 1980 to May 13, 1981)
Art of the Arab World (May 8, 1975 to August 20, 1977)
Near Eastern Art—Paintings, Metalwork (August 18, 1967 to February 10, 1972)
Near Eastern Art (January 1, 1963 to August 18, 1967)
Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 6 and 7 (February 25, 1956 to April 10, 1962)
Untitled Exhibition, Persian Manuscripts (May 5, 1933 to September 22, 1947)
Previous custodian or owner:
Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc.
Topic:
Mamluk period (1250 - 1517)  Search this
naskh script  Search this
Syria  Search this
automata  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
water clock  Search this
horn  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1942.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye3f7206f89-43fc-4a11-a5d3-cb70b07718ce
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1942.10