Arts of the Book: Illustrated Texts, Miniatures
Manuscript Of The Tashrih Mansuri
Safavid, 17th century CE
Materials and technique
Ink and opaque watercolour on watermarked paper
28.8 x 19.5 cm
Mansur’s Anatomy (Tashrih-i Mansuri) is the name often used to refer to the fourteenth-century treatise on the anatomy of the human body (Tashrih-i badan-i insan) by Mansur ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Yusuf ibn Ilyas, who came from a family of scholars and physicians in Shiraz. This treatise was probably completed by the end of the fourteenth century for Pir Muhammad, ruler of Fars (1393-1409 CE) and a grandson of Timur. It is organized into five chapters on the systems of the body (skeleton, nervous system, muscles, veins and arteries). The manuscript lacks a colophon but there is a note on the final page containing a date in the latter part of the seventeenth century.
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