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  • Leaf from an Arabic translation of the Materia Medica of Dioscorides ("The Pharmacy"), dated 1224
    Iraq, Baghdad School
    Colors and gilt on paper

    12.3 x 9 in. (31.4 x 22.9 cm)
    Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956 (57.51.21)

    This folio is painted in the lively and appealing style of the Baghdad School: bright colors, sprightly figures in contemporary local dress, and a balanced, bilaterally symmetrical composition. The neutral color of the leaf itself, which serves as the background, reinforces the two-dimensionality of the picture.

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    Leaf from an Arabic translation of the Materia Medica of Dioscorides ("The Pharmacy"), dated 1224
    Iraq, Baghdad School
    Colors and gilt on paper

    12.3 x 9 in. (31.4 x 22.9 cm)
    Cora Timken Burnett Collection of Persian Miniatures and Other Persian Art Objects, Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956 (57.51.21)


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