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A Device for Washing the Hands: Illustration from a Manuscript of the Automata (or Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices) by Inb al-Razza al-Jazari
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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Syrian
Creator Dates/Places: Syria, Damascus (?), Mamluk Period
Creator Active Place: Syria, Damascus (?), Mamluk Period
Creator Name-CRT: Syria, Damascus (?), Mamluk Period
Title: A Device for Washing the Hands: Illustration from a Manuscript of the Automata (or Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices) by Inb al-Razza al-Jazari
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1315
Creation End Date: 1315
Creation Date: 1315
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions: Image: 31.3cm x 21.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1945.383
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: The Arabic title of this work is Kitab fi ma'rifat al-hiyal al handasiyya (The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices). According to the description of the device illustrated here, the peacock is filled with water: as it flows into the vessel below, it raises a float that opens a door in the section above, causing the little figure to move forward offering soap; as more water flows, a second door will open and another figure will move forward offering a towel. Finally, the dirty water is drawn off by means of a spigot.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1945.383
AMICA Library Year: 1999
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Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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