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"Hare", Folio from a Bestiary

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
11th–12th century
Egypt, probably Fustat
Opaque watercolor on paper
H. 6-3/16 " (15.72 cm). W. 4-3/4" (12.06 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
This page from a zoological manuscript contains lines of text and two drawings of wild animals, a lion (recto) and a hare (verso). Although fragmentary pages with drawings are not uncommon from the Fatimid period, especially coming from the ruins of Fustat (Old Cairo), this is one of the earliest surviving folios from a once bound manuscript.
Inscription: Verso: Inscription in Arabic in naskhi script at top and bottom of page:
کتاب فیه منطق الوحش/ بأمر ملیح مصور
This book includes Mantiq al-wahsh by the order of Malih, the illustrator

Recto: Inscription in Arabic in naskhi script at top of page:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم/ ذکر . . . قال کعب الأحبار عن منطق الوحش فقال نعم إنه
إذا . . . / ضیاع ا لأسد یقول
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Mention [. . .]
Ka‘b al-Ahbar said about Mantiq al-Wahsh. He says yes it is if [...] the realms of the lion who says [...]

Marking: See additional card.
[ Michel E. Abemayor, New York, until 1954; sold to MMA]
Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Tresors Fatimides du Caire," April 28, 1998–August 30, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Making the Invisible Visible," April 2, 2013–August 4, 2013.

Grube, Ernst J. "Three Miniatures from Fustat in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York." Ars Orientalis vol. 5 (1963). pp. 89-96, ill. figs. 7, 8 (b/w).

James, David, and Richard Ettinghausen. Arab Painting. 3, vol. 29. New Delhi: Marg Publications, 1977. p. 14.

Grube, Ernst J. Studies in Islamic Painting. London: Pindar Press, 1995. pps. 13-14, ill. figs. 7, 8 (b/w).

Contadini, Anna. Fatimid Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V & A Museum, 1998. p. 12, ill. figs. 12, 13 (b/.

"Exposition Présentée à l'Institut du Monde Arabe du 28 Avril au 30 Aout 1998." In Trésors Fatimides du Caire. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 1998. no. 15, p. 99, ill. (color).

Seipel, Wilfried. "Islamische Kunst zur Fatimidenzeit." In Schatze der Kalifen. Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 1999. no. 20, pp. 84-85, ill. p. 85 (color).

Ettinghausen, Richard, Oleg Grabar, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250. 2nd ed. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. p. 213, ill. fig. 343 (color).

Carboni, Stefano. "The Arts of the Fatimid Period at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Ismaili (2008). p. 11, ill. fig. 19, fig. 20, (ill. in color verso and recto).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 91, pp. 142-143, ill. p. 143 (color).

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