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Name of Object:

Preparing Medicine from Honey, folio from a dispersed manuscript of an Arabic translation of the Materia Medica of Dioscorides

Location:

New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Date:

Dated Hegira 621 / AD 1224

Type of object:

Codex

Museum Inventory Number:

57.51.21

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper

Period / Dynasty:

Abbasid

Provenance:

Possibly Baghdad, Iraq or Northern Jazira

Description:

This scene from a translation of De Materia Medica by Dioscorides is typical of the Baghdad School of illustration, which employed bold colors and symmetrical compositions to depict urban life. The use of an architectural structure to divide the painting into six sections is typical of the period, as is the fact that the oatmeal-coloured paper remains visible. This folio, which comes from volume 5, chapter 9 of the work, depicts a pharmacist preparing a honey‑based medicine in a cauldron while an assistant upstairs distributes it into jars.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956

Citation of this web page:

 "Preparing Medicine from Honey, folio from a dispersed manuscript of an Arabic translation of the Materia Medica of Dioscorides" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus23;27;en&id=paintings

MWNF Working Number: US3 27

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