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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Warrior and Physician with the Plant Kestron (painting, recto; text, verso), folio from a manuscript of the De Materia Medica of Dioscorides
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: De Materia Medica
Work Type
manuscript folio
Creation Place: Middle East, Iraq, Baghdad?
Abbasid period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
folio: 32.8 x 23.7 cm (12 15/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Bequest - Estate of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Old notebook files also list F.R. Martin
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

F. R. Martin and F. Sarre, Die Ausstellung von Meisterwerken muhammedanischer Kunst in München 1910, exh. cat. (Munich, 1912), vol. I, pl. 4

F.R. Martin, The Miniature Painting and Painters of Persia, India and Turkey, from the 8th to the 18th century, B. Quaritch (London, England, 1912), vol. 2, pl. 6b

E. Kühnel, Miniaturmalerie im Islamischen Orient (Berlin, 1922), pl. 6

Sir Thomas Walker Arnold, Survivals of Sasanian and Manichaean Art in Persian Painting (Oxford, 1924), pl. 14

E. de Lorey, La peinture musulmane de l'école de Baghdad (1933), p. 7, fig. 10, p. 12

Max Meyerhof, Die literaturischen Grundlagen der arabischen Heilmittellehre, Ciba Zeitschrift (1942), vol. VIII, pp. 2957-92, p. 2972

Hugo Buchthal, Early Islamic Miniatures from Baghdad, Journal of the Walters Art Gallery (1942), vol. V, pp. 19-36, p. 21, fig. 4

Max Meyerhof, The Background and Origins of Arabian Pharmacology, Ciba Symposium (1944), vol. VI, pp. 1847-56, p. 1860

Jose Pijoan, Summa Artis, Historia General del Arte (Madrid, 1949), pl. XVII

Ernst Grube, Materialien zum Dioskurides Arabicus, Aus der Welt der islamischen Kunst: Festschrift für Ernst Kühnel zum 75. Geburtstag am 26. 10. 1957, ed. Richard Ettinghausen (Berlin, 1959), p. 173, no. 2

Eric Schroeder, "Mrs. Rockefeller's Miniatures at the Fogg", The Connoisseur (August 1961), vol. 148, pp. 70-75, p. 72, fig. 3

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), no. 1, pp. 9-11, 15, 16, 17, ill.

Alain Touwaide, Farmacopea Araba Medievale, Antea Edizioni (Milan, Italy, 1992 - 1993), pp 76, fig. 69

Mary McWilliams and Jochen Sokoly, Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, February 22, 2022), pp. 76-77, cat. 8

Exhibition History

Arab and Persian Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/10/1981 - 03/09/1981

Islamic Art and the Written Word, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/05/1983 - 11/27/1983

Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990

Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/14/2015

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/22/2016 - 03/11/2016

Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/22/2022 - 05/08/2022

Subjects and Contexts

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