Abu'l Izz Isma'il al-Jazari / Detached folio from an illustrated manuscript / 715 A.H. / A.D. 1315Abu'l Izz Isma'il al-Jazari
Detached folio from an illustrated manuscript
715 A.H. / A.D. 1315

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Creator Name: al-Jazari, Abu'l Izz Isma'il
Creator Role: author
Creator Name-CRT: Abu'l Izz Isma'il al-Jazari
Creator Name: Abd al-Latif, Farkh ibn
Creator Role: Copyist
Creator Name-CRT: Farkh ibn 'Abd al-Latif
Title: Detached folio from an illustrated manuscript
Title Type: Object name
Title: The Elephant Clock: Leaf from the Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices by al-Jazari
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Creation Start Date: 715
Creation End Date: 1315
Creation Date: 715 A.H. / A.D. 1315
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Codex
Materials and Techniques: Ink, colors, and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 11 13/16 in. (30 cm), W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 57.51.23
Credit Line: Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

This page is from a dispersed copy of a manuscript, dated 1315, of al-Jazari's 'Kitab fi ma'rifat al-hiyal al-handasiyya' ('The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices,' also known as 'The Automata'). The various elements that compose this clock move and make a sound every half hour. This automaton is reminiscent of the elaborate clocks found on medieval town halls in Europe, which made the passage of time more entertaining with the performance of the moving figures.

AMICA ID: MMA_.57.51.23
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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