Manuscript of Automata

Badi' al Zaman ibn al Razzaz al Jazari700 AH

The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Kuwait, Kuwait

Illustrated manuscript of the Kitab fi Ma'rifat al Hiyal al Handasiya (The Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices) by Badi' al Zaman ibn al Razzaz al Jazari, a treatise on automata devoted to the construction of fifty devices grouped under six categories, deficient. Arabic manuscript on dark buff paper, decorated in black naskh, headings in thuluth. Illustrated with painting in gouache heightened with gold.


  • Title: Manuscript of Automata
  • Creator: Badi' al Zaman ibn al Razzaz al Jazari
  • Date Created: 700 AH
  • Physical Dimensions: w21.5 x h31.2 cm
  • Decoration: Anthropomorphic and zoomorphic paintings with diagrams or maps.
  • Type: Painted
  • Rights: al Sabah Collection
  • Medium: Paper, ink, watercolour and gold.

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