© The David Collection

Name of Object:

A Ferry Crossing the Gagos River


Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection


Hegira 621 / AD 1224

Type of object:

Miniature from a copy of Kitab al-hashaish, a translation of Dioscorides’s De Materia Medica, scientific manuscript, miniature

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 5/1997

Period / Dynasty:



Iraq, Baghdad?


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.

Citation of this web page:

 "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

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