FOLIO FROM A PERSIAN MANAFI‘ AL-HAYAWAN (THE BENEFITS OF ANIMALS) OF ABU SAID UBAID-ALLAH IBN JIBRAIL IBN BAKHTISHU (DIED 1058–68) (VERSO) DURING MUGHAL EMPEROR MONGOLS 1206-1368
June 30, 1300
Art and Calligraphy
Folio from a Persian Manafi‘ al-Hayawan (The Benefits of Animals) of Abu Said Ubaid-Allah ibn Jibrail ibn Bakhtishu (died 1058–68) (verso)
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Iran, Maragah, Ilkhanid period
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Image: 10.7 x 6 cm (4 3/16 x 2 3/8 in.); Overall: 24.7 x 18.2 cm (9 3/4 x 7 3/16 in.); Text area: 22.5 x 16.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/2 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.382.b
The Benefits of Animals describes the physical characteristics of many different animals and provides their medicinal uses at the time. Most of the text on this page is a continuation of a section about doves from the previous page. It says, for example, that blood from dove wings cures sore eyes and cooked dove egg mixed with honey and a little borax is good for those with liver complaints. The large title written in Kufic script near the bottom of the page translates as “The Quail and its Qualities and Benefits,” marking the beginning of the next section. The illustration depicts two quails in active postures.
The Mongol ruler of Iran from 1295 to 1304, Ghazan Khan, commissioned a Persian translation of the Arabic text, and this important page is from one of the earliest illustrated manuscripts.
Purchased from H. Kevorkian, New York, NY, using income from the J.H. Wade Fund, with a partial donation by H. Kevorkian
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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Thank You for Suggestion and replaced image with proper one.
This is not the same may be one of his great grand children ???