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 of 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-assessment of past ways, emphasis is put on concerning snapshot to textual content, on stylistic affiliations, and at the modalities of construction, supported through technical analyses undertaken for the 1st time. In elucidating the actual context of this particular manuscript, the learn contributes to our figuring out of a serious interval within the improvement of heart jap portray and paintings.

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21 Fol. 3v (4v). Backing onto the fourth frontispiece, has the basmala and the heading “Characteristic of the Partridge” (Naʿt al-ḥ ajal ), within gold frames with an interlaced arabesque drawn in black ink within them (Fig. 13). As discussed above, this text does not belong here. That it is a later addition is confirmed by the differences in the inks: the red of the title is not the same as that used elsewhere, being vermilion as against the prevailing red that has a white lead component and therefore oxides; and the brown/black ink is also different from the one used elsewhere: it disappears completely under multispectral imaging near infrared, reacting more like a European iron gall ink, whereas the other ink does not: it fades, but remains visible throughout the infrared spectrum, thus indicating a different chemical composition.

1v–3r (2v–4r). Four full-page frontispieces, with neither title nor text. 21 Fol. 3v (4v). Backing onto the fourth frontispiece, has the basmala and the heading “Characteristic of the Partridge” (Naʿt al-ḥ ajal ), within gold frames with an interlaced arabesque drawn in black ink within them (Fig. 13). As discussed above, this text does not belong here. That it is a later addition is confirmed by the differences in the inks: the red of the title is not the same as that used elsewhere, being vermilion as against the prevailing red that has a white lead component and therefore oxides; and the brown/black ink is also different from the one used elsewhere: it disappears completely under multispectral imaging near infrared, reacting more like a European iron gall ink, whereas the other ink does not: it fades, but remains visible throughout the infrared spectrum, thus indicating a different chemical composition.

23 The text then goes on until fol. 180v (= Esc. fol. 139v), and then on fols. 251r–252r (= Esc. fols. 139v–140v), where the text on the Scorpion begins and continues until 252v, where it breaks off. In the Escorial the corresponding point occurs on fol. 141r, with the remainder of the account of the Scorpion continuing until fol. 141v, followed by the Beetles and the ʿaḍāh16 wa-’l-wazagh, the Wall Gecko. In the Naʿt we find the latter part of the usefulness of the Wall Gecko beginning at fol.

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