A page from De Materia Medica in Arabic.
After becoming the capital of the Abbasid caliphate in AD 762, Baghdad grew into a great and prosperous city. Literature, art and science all flourished thanks to the wealth of the city and patronage by its rulers. This object is an ideal starting point to explore this golden age of Islamic culture and the key role of Baghdad in the development of medicine and science.
Possibly Baghdad, present-day Iraq
AD 1224 (AH 621)
painted on paper
width: 24.3 cm
height: 32.8 cm
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