Anna Contadini's A World of Beasts: A Thirteenth-Century Illustrated Arabic PDF

By Anna Contadini

ISBN-10: 9004222650

ISBN-13: 9789004222656

The Kitāb Naʿt al-Ḥayawān is the earliest of a bunch of illustrated manuscripts facing the features of animals and their medicinal makes use of. the current research considers either the confluence of textual traditions inside this paintings and the stylistic and iconographic relationships of its illustrations, which make it a key witness to early thirteenth-century Arab portray. After a second look of earlier ways, emphasis is put on pertaining to snapshot to textual content, on stylistic affiliations, and at the modalities of creation, supported through technical analyses undertaken for the 1st time. In elucidating the actual context of this particular manuscript, the examine contributes to our realizing of a serious interval within the improvement of heart japanese portray and artwork.

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A remarkable, if fragmentary, late fourteenth- or early fifteenth-century manuscript of the Nuzhat-nāma is in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Per. 115: Arberry 1959–62, vol. 1, no. 115, pp. 32–33 and pls. 25–26. 6 Contadini 2004a, pp. 97–8 where differences with the Ibn Bakhtīshūʿ tradition are discussed, and Appendix I where a preliminary list of extant folios of the dispersed manuscript of the Nuzhat-nāma is given. 7 Already emphasized in Contadini 1992 and 1994. 4 40 chapter three with others derived from Ibn Bakhtīshūʿ.

Reconstructed foliation Current foliation Text Painting 258v–259r 257v–258r Usefulness of Earthworms manāfiʿ al-kharāṭīn 259r–v 258r–v Usefulness of the Leech manāfiʿ al-ʿalaq End of manuscript as currently organized. [260r–v] Missing folio Break: Missing folio on Spider and picture 261r 253r Text on the usefulness of the Spider 261r 253r 261v 253v, followed by Text on Lice, al-qaml 262r 248r Text on Mites, al-ḥ alam 262v 248v Text on Weevils, al-sūs [263r–v] Missing The Centipede, Millipede Centipede, Millipede Missing The Badger Badger 264r 246r end of text on the Badger 264r–v 246r–v Text on the Worm, al-dūd, but no heading 264v–265v 246v–247v Concluding text on the scope of the work and the uses of medicine, beginning with the incorrect uses by makers of talismans, magicians and alchemists (but not finished, interrupted at mid-sentence) [266r–v] Missing folio Continuation Flyleaf Spider 261r/253r – Lice, Ticks, Mites, Weevils 258 folios.

The manuscript At the lower left there are some words in Arabic script but not in Arabic, Persian or Turkish. They could possibly be construed as in Hebrew, but the final three words would be rather puzzling, and in any case a Hebrew reading is rendered unlikely by the simple fact that one would expect a Jewish owner to use Hebrew script even for Arabic or Persian, and most certainly for Hebrew. Mr. Morton wonders rather whether it could be a sort of incantation or magic phrase. Towards the bottom of the page there is the red, British Museum stamp.

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