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Kitab suwar al-kawakib al-thabita (Book of the Images of the Fixed Stars) of al-Sufi

`Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (Iranian, Rey 903–986 Shiraz)
Object Name:
Illustrated manuscript
18th century
Attributed to Iran
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm) W. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm) Thickness: 15/16 in. (2.4 cm) Text Panels: H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm) ; W. 4 in. (10.2 cm) Text panels within rules: H. varies between 17.4 cm and 17.6 cm.
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard Ettinghausen, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: The cards give the name in the inscription/colophon scrawled in red ink along the lower left of fol. 118r as Muhammd Takr -- it looks rather to be Muhammad Taqi. The notation on the flyleaf that states that the pictures are of 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi mean that they are based on his images and would seem to indicate along tradition of following his original images so that the actual manuscript that this artist based his images on could have been made at any time between al-Sufi and the date of this mss.
Marcel Destombes, Paris (in 1956); Richard Ettinghausen, Princeton, NJ (until 1975; gifted to MMA)
Wellesz, Emmy, ed. "An Early al-Sufi Manuscript in the Bodleian Library in Oxford: A Study in Islamic Constellation Images." Ars Orientalis vol. 3 (1959). List of constellations in the entry of this object came from this source.

Bates, Ülkü. Re-Orientations: Islamic Art and the West in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. New York, 2008. no. 2, pp. 36–7, ill. p. 37.

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