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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Verbascum Plants (painting with text, recto and verso), illustrated 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
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Physical Descriptions

Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
folio: 33 x 24 cm (13 x 9 7/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Meta and Paul J. Sachs, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs. old notes also have name of F.R. Martin

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Laurence Binyon and J. V. S. Wilkinson, Persian Miniature Painting: Including a Critical and Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House, January-March, 1931, exh. cat., Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (London, England, 1933), p. 27, no. 14d
  • M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Exhibition of Islamic Art, exh. cat. (San Francisco, 1937), p. 26, no. 22d
  • Max Meyerhof, Die literaturischen Grundlagen der arabischen Heilmittellehre, Ciba Zeitschrift (1942), vol. VIII, pp. 2957-92, p. 2968
  • Hugo Buchthal, Early Islamic Miniatures from Baghdad, Journal of the Walters Art Gallery (1942), vol. V, pp. 19-36, p. 21, nos. 2-3, figs. 5-6
  • Max Meyerhof, The Background and Origins of Arabian Pharmacology, Ciba Symposium (1944), vol. VI, pp. 1847-56, p. 1855
  • 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. 4
  • Wilson Bishai, Humanities in the Arabic-Islamic World, W.C. Brown Co. (Dubuque, Iowa, 1973), Pg. 102
  • Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), pp. 9, 11, 15, 18-19, no. 2, ill.
  • Roche Products on the Market, brochure, F.Hoffman-La Roche & Co. (Cairo, November 1981)

Exhibition History

  • Arab and Persian Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/10/1981 - 03/09/1981
  • Diverse are their Hues: Animals in Islamic Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/18/1984 - 02/09/1985
  • 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

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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