"Men Treading Grapes", Folio from a Materia Medica of Dioscorides

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

Illustrations in early Islamic manuscripts produced by the Baghdad School were greatly influenced by Greek and Byzantine prototypes; the text often included the translation of Greek scientific manuscripts, such as De Materia Medica, accompanied by detailed genre scenes. On this folio, the medicinal properties of sour wine are described with an illustration showing two men treading grapes.

"Men Treading Grapes", Folio from a Materia Medica of Dioscorides, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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