"Design on Each Side for Waterwheel Worked by Donkey Power", Folio from a Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices by al-Jazari
Badi' al-Zaman ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari (1136–1206)
Copy by Farrukh ibn `Abd al-Latif
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
dated A.H. 715/ A.D. 1315
Attributed to probably Syria
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 11 5/8 in. (29. 5 cm)
W. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
H. 19 in. (48.3 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
H. 21 5/8 in. (54.9 cm)
W. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1955
Not on view
Inscription: Definition: Arabic Translation: The inscription and date of this manuscript are contained in folio 207 recto which finishes up the last chapter of the last book, continuing from folio 206 verso. Al-Jazari then makes a few remarks about the great value of his work, and beginning line 8 the scribe writes: "This manuscript is transcribed from the manuscript of the author, God's blessing be upon him. And the letters and their substitutes, and the drawing of the pictures of the chapters, and what he described, he did correctly, and wrote it with his own handwriting- may God be pleased with him." Beginning line 14 the colophon reads: "And praise be to God, the Lord of Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon Lord Muhammad and his family and all his companions. Written by the seeker after God Most High, Farkh ibn Abd al-Latif,the scribe, al-Yakuti almawlawi, praising God Most High and praying for his Prophet Muhammad and his family; at the end of Ramadan the blessed, year 715 A.H. [i.e., December 28, 1315]." Notes: Translated by F.E. Day, 1956
Marking: See additional card.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (until 1929; his sale, Sotheby's, London, December 12, 1929, no. 383, 385-387, 582); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, by 1930–at least 1953]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; sold to MMA]
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Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797," October 2, 2006–February 18, 2007, not in catalogue.
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