"Preparing Medicine from Honey", from a Dispersed Manuscript of an Arabic Translation of De Materia Medica of Dioscorides

Calligrapher: 'Abdullah ibn al-Fadl

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: dated A.H. 621/ A.D. 1224

Geography: Iraq, Baghdad

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: H. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm)
W. 9 in. (22.9 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956

Accession Number: 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.