Double Title Page from a `Aja'ib al-Makhluqat wa Ghara'ib al-Mawjudat (The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence)
Zakaria bin Muhammad bin Mahmud Abu Yahya Qazwini (ca. 1203–83)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Iran, Shiraz
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Ht. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
W. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1934
Not on view
The Marvels of Creation contained information on various aspects of the heavens, the earth and its minerals, plants, birds and animals, as well as unusual phenomena and imaginary creatures. A rukh (roc) or 'anqa (fabulous bird) attacking an elephant and a karkadann (rhinoceros) can be seen to the right of each medallion, while on the left are depicted two tigers, a dragon and a phoenix, a ch'i-lin and another fabulous creature.
Marking: Two seals on reverse of left title page
[ Paul Mallon, Paris, until 1934; sold to MMA]
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