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Double Title Page from a `Aja'ib al-Makhluqat wa Ghara'ib al-Mawjudat (The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence)

Author:
Zakaria bin Muhammad bin Mahmud Abu Yahya Qazwini (ca. 1203–83)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
1414–35
Geography:
Iran, Shiraz
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Ht. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm) W. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1934
Accession Number:
34.109
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]
Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. ill. v. V, pl. 945.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 73, ill. fig. 42 (b/w).

"Gold." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 31, no. 2 (Winter 1972/1973). pp. 69-121.

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 79-81, ill. fig. 59 (color).

Bernus-Taylor, Marthe. "Musee du Louvre 23 avril–23 juillet 2001." In L'Etrange et le Merveilleux en Terres d'Islam. Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2001.



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