MATERIAL: Vellum
TYPE: Scroll
DIMENSIONS: 550 cm x 9 cm approx ( 18 feet long x 3.5 inches wide)
ITEM ID: 5146

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Islamic Scroll of Occult Knowledge

DATE
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

A 20th century scroll copy of The Kitab al-Bulhan, or Book of Wonders, an Arabic manuscript dating mainly from the late 14th century A.D. and probably bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410).

The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, as well as a dedicated section of full-page illustrations, with each plate titled with “A discourse on….”, followed by the subject of the discourse (a folktale, a sign of the zodiac, a prophet, etc.).