Kitab fi marifat al-hiyal al-handasiyya by al-Jazari
Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices

Boat

MS copied in Syria or Egypt in 1315 CE
Copied by Farrukh ibn Abd al-Latif


Folio from Kitab fi ma’arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya (the book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices) Automata by al-Jazari (d.1206); A musical toy in the form of a boat; reverse: text
Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Kitab fi ma’arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices), “Automata,” by al-Jazari; text: Arabic in black naskh script; A musical toy in the form of a boat; reverse: text, one column, 21 lines; one of a group of 8 folios.
Maker: Calligrapher: Farruq ibn Abd al-Latif
Historical period: Mamluk period, 1315 (715 A.H.)
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions: H x W: 30.2 x 21.7 cm (11 7/8 x 8 9/16 in)
Geography: probably Syria
Accession Number: F1930.73
Provenance: To 1930 - Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1930
Description: Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Kitab fi ma'arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya (The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices), "Automata,” by al-Jazari; text: Arabic in black naskh script; A musical toy in the form of a boat; reverse: text, one column, 21 lines; one of a group of 8 folios.
Source: Freer/Sackler, Smithsonian.

Back to the Automata by al-Jazari, Syria or Egypt, c. 1315AD.