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A World of Beasts: A Thirteenth-Century Illustrated Arabic Book on Animals (the Kitāb Na't Al-Ḥayawān) in the Ibn Bakhtīshū' (Hardcover)

A World of Beasts: A Thirteenth-Century Illustrated Arabic Book on Animals (the Kitāb Na't Al-Ḥayawān) in the Ibn Bakhtīshū' By Anna Contadini Cover Image
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The Kitāb Naʿt al-Ḥayawān is the earliest of a group of illustrated manuscripts dealing with the characteristics of animals and their medicinal uses. The present study considers both the confluence of textual traditions within this work and the stylistic and iconographic relationships of its illustrations, which make it a key witness to early thirteenth-century Arab painting. After a re-evaluation of previous approaches, emphasis is placed on relating image to text, on stylistic affiliations, and on the modalities of production, supported by technical analyses undertaken for the first time. In elucidating the particular context of this unique manuscript, the study contributes to our understanding of a critical period in the development of Middle Eastern painting and art.

About the Author


Anna Contadini, PhD (1992) in Islamic Art, SOAS, London University, is currently Reader in Islamic Art at SOAS. She has worked as Curator at the V&A and the Chester Beatty Library, and as Lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin. Her numerous publications include Arab Painting: Text and Image in Illustrated Arabic Manuscripts, Brill 2007 and 2010, and Fatimid Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A 1998.


Product Details
ISBN: 9789004201002
ISBN-10: 9004201009
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: November 11th, 2011
Pages: 280
Language: English