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Title: The Jami‘ al-Mabadi’ wa’l-Ghayat of al-Marrakushi
Location: Iran or India
Materials: ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; leather binding with flap
Dimensions: 266 folios; 30.8 x 19.2cm
Accession Number: MSS 358
Abu ‘Ali al-Hasan al-Marrakushi’s treatise, compiled circa 680 AH (1281–2 AD) in Cairo, is the most important written source for medieval Islamic astronomical instruments and includes discussions of sundials, armillary spheres, astrolabes and quadrants for determining time from solar altitude.
copied in naskh script; 28 lines to the page
F. Maddison & E. Savage-Smith, Science, Tools & Magic, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XII, Part One, London 1997, cat.118, pp.190–2, 200.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.368, p.311.