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Celestial map, signs of the Zodiac and lunar mansions. One of the richly illustrated manuscripts of the sixteenth century is the Zubdat-al Tawarikh in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul, dedicated to Sultan Murad III in 1583. The manuscript contains forty miniatures of the finest quality reflecting the mature Ottoman court style of the latter part of the sixteenth century. (Source)

Artist Unknown, Zubdat-al Tawarikh ManuscriptCelestial Map with the earth surrounded by seven heavens, signs of the Zodiac and the lunar mansions, symbolizing the macrocosmOttoman Turkish, circa 1583

Kitab al-Bulhan ... [etc.] composite codex. Written in Arabic, location unknown, dated 14th-15th centuries. Composite manuscript in Arabic of divinatory works, dating principally from the late 14th century A.D., containing astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, with illustrations. Fol. 81r is in Turkish.

Al-Farabi, Alpharabius, Zodiac chart. al-Farabi, Abu Nasr Al-Farabi was known to the Arabs as the 'Second Master' (after Aristotle)

The Kitab al-Bulhan, or Book of Wonders, is an Arabic manuscript dating mainly from the late 14th century A.D. and probably bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410). The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, as well as a dedicated section of full-page illustrations, with each plate titled with “A discourse on….”,

The Kitab al-Bulhan, or Book of Wonders, is an Arabic manuscript dating mainly from the late century A. and probably bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad manuscript is made up of astrological, astrono

Medieval Islamic Map of the World AT THE CENTER of this map are the two holiest cities of Islam: Mecca and Medina. The map shows China and India in the north and the “Christian sects and the states of Byzantium” in the south. The outer circles represent the seas. The manuscript is a cosmology, not meant to be accurate geographically, but only to present the reader with a systematic overview of the existing knowledge about the world at the time.

aperfectcommotion: “ Medieval Islamic map of the world [Umar bin Muzaffar Ibn al-Wardi. Kharidat al-‘Aja’ib wa Faridat al-Ghara’ib. (The Pearl of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Things Strange).

Star Power: Celestial ceilings and zodiac symbols in New York architecture | 6sqft.com/ Posted October 25, 2016 by Tracy Marciano

Star Power: Celestial ceilings and zodiac symbols in New York architecture

Planisphæri cœleste {{en}}Celestial map from the century, by the Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit

Traité des nativités, attribué à Aboû Maʿschar

vue 28 - folio Gemini - The Book of Nativities (Kitab al-Mawalid), attributed to Persian astronomer Abu Maʿschar al-Balkḥī and was later drawn by the painter Qanbar ‛Alī Shīrāzī published in 1300 AD.

Genève Bibliothèque de Genève Ms. fr. 167 f. 111v by Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

medieval: Jean Thenaud, Introduction to the Cabala, dedicated to King François I.

Cosmological Diagram (Map of the Heavens) from the Phenomena of Aratus

Map of Heavens from the Phenomena of Aratus. Location Musée Municipal, Boulogne-Billancourt, France Credit Courtesy of Lauros/Giraudon/ Bridgeman Art Library

Historiated initial 'O' depicting a winged griffin (vellum), French School, (14th century) / Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library

Historiated initial 'O' depicting a winged griffin (vellum), French School, century) / Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library

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