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Folio from a copy of Aja'ib al-makhluqat wa ghara'ib al-mawjudat (The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence) by Zakariyya ibn Muhammad al-Qazwini (d.1283); recto: Constellations Auriga (Mumsik al-A'inna), Serpentarius (al-Hawwa wa al-Hayya); verso: Constellations Sagitta (al-Sahm), Aquila (al-Nasr al-Ta'ir), Delphinus (al-Dulfin), Equuleus (Qit'at al-Faras)

Catalog Data

Zakariyya ibn Muhammad al-Qazwini (d. 1283)  Search this
Opaque watercolor, ink gold and silver on paper
H x W (recto top figure): 7.8 × 7.5 cm (3 1/16 × 2 15/16 in)
Iraq or Eastern Turkey
early 15th century
To 1945
Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre (1865-1945). [1]
To 1954
Mme. Maria Sarre, Ascona, Switzerland. [2]
From 1954
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Paul Kempner, New York on behalf of Mme. Maria Sarre, Ascona, Switzerland. [3]
[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.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Wonders of Creation, Oddities of Existence: An Exhibition in Celebration of Halley's Comet (February 28, 1986 to October 27, 1986)
Collection of Friedrich and Maria Sarre (1932)
Previous custodian or owner:
Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre (1865-1945)
Mme. Maria Sarre (1875-1971)
naskh script  Search this
Turkey  Search this
Iraq  Search this
Aquila  Search this
Auriga  Search this
Delphinus  Search this
Equuleus  Search this
Sagitta  Search this
Serpentarius  Search this
Serpens  Search this
Wonders of Creation  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery