By Anna Contadini
The Kitāb Naʿt al-Ḥayawān is the earliest of a bunch of illustrated manuscripts facing the features of animals and their medicinal makes use of. the current research considers either the confluence of textual traditions inside this paintings and the stylistic and iconographic relationships of its illustrations, which make it a key witness to early thirteenth-century Arab portray. After a re-examination of prior techniques, emphasis is put on concerning photo to textual content, on stylistic affiliations, and at the modalities of creation, supported through technical analyses undertaken for the 1st time. In elucidating the actual context of this specific manuscript, the research contributes to our figuring out of a serious interval within the improvement of center jap portray and paintings.
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In such places restoring the original the manuscript 17 Fig. 12. Layout of text and image of the Bat. Naʿt, fols. 197r, 198r (56r, 57r). sequence has been rendered difficult not just because some folios are missing, but especially because in parts of what remains some illustrations and rubrics have been omitted, so that a simple reading of the text can only go so far. Beyond the primary tools of syntactic and semantic coherence between folios, the reconstruction thus also needs to call upon external sources.
531. Rieu 1894, Vol. 2, p. 531, referring to Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿa 1882 (vol. 1, p. 69). The title given is Kitāb naʿt al-ḥ ayawānāt al-ghayr nāṭiqa wa mā fīhā min manāfiʿ. He also assumes that a similar title to this, together with the title nuʿūt al-ḥ ayawān, referred to by Ḥ ajjī Khalīfa 1835–58 (Vol. III, p. 121 and Vol. IV, p. 362) refer to the same work. 5 However, we have seen that some are now known to belong to the separate Nuzhat-nāma tradition,6 while with the remainder, those where Ibn Bakhtīshūʿ is cited, authorship is an issue to be settled case by case.
181r (= Esc. 145r) with the uses of the Dung beetle, jumping from 181v to 255r, where we arrive at the Ant, followed on 257r by the Leech, the uses of Worms (fol. 257v), and the uses of Leeches, ending on fol. 258v. There is then another missing folio, dealing with the Spider, and probably containing a painting. The text resumes, with the latter part of the uses of the Spider, on fol. 253r, followed by a representation (untitled) of the Lice, Ticks, Mites and Weevils (Cat. 85), the discussion of which begins on fol.