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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
A.H. 715/1315 A.D.

Copied by Farrukh ibn Abd al-Latif

Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H: 30.2 W: 21.7 cm


The Freer|Sackler is closed for renovation and reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Join us for our reopening celebration on October 14–15, 2017.