A Ferry Crossing the Gagos River
The David Collection
Hegira 621 / AD 1224
Miniature from a copy of Kitab al-hashaish, a translation of Dioscorides’s De Materia Medica, scientific manuscript, miniature
This is one of the both unnecessary and revolutionary illustrations in Abdallah ibn al-Fadl’s copy of Dioscorides’s medical treatise.
The text states that on the shores of the Gagos River, jet can be found effective against pain in the uterus, but the artist took the opportunity to depict a ferry with a helmsman, two rowers, and eight passengers looking out of a porthole.
"A Ferry Crossing the Gagos River" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;dn;Mus21;27;en&id=paintings
MWNF Working Number: DN 27