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Arab portray is handled right here as an important inventive corpus in its personal correct. Rejecting the conventional emphasis on person work, the prestigious individuals to this quantity rigidity the combination of textual content and picture as a extra effective theoretical framework.

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Quoted in Stein 1997; Kerner 2004, pp. 88–89, 143. The first of the three anecdotes of Andromachus the Younger, in which a man is cured of elephantiasis with snake-infused wine, has a clear Galenic model; Kerner 2004, pp. 140–42.

I would argue then that the term ‘Arab’ is misleading as a scholarly category (ideological values are another matter) and that the images with which we deal (in contrast to the texts in the middle of which they are found) should and could be identified by their time and by their social context much more usefully and much more meaningfully than by their ethnicity. The essential task of scholarship is to define these parameters of any one manuscript which can be fitted into the puzzle of the art of the time, of a place, or of a patron.

Man of the sword facing a man of the pen? There is no obvious answer and so far no one has been able, to my knowledge, to identify such details in the composition as could explain them. The same argument applies to the rich frontispiece of the Vienna Kitāb al-diryāq, whose unique features beg for a concrete identification of personages, symbols, or events. But the uniqueness of its combination of features and the absence of attendant written information make it unlikely that a stroke of intellectual luck or brilliance will ever uncover the exact meaning of these features.

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