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Iskander as an Enthroned Arab Ruler and his Guards. The Kitab al-Hayawan of al-Jāḥiẓ
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Iskander with a drawn curved sword. The Zoology of al-Jāḥiẓ. p25a. fourteenth century. (Ambrosian Library)
Source: p211, Plate 215, "Medieval Arab Arms" by Adbel Rahman Zaky, pp202-212 in: Islamic Arms and Armour, ed. Robert Elgood, London 1979.
Tractatus de animalibus. Kitab al-Hayawan
Part of: D 140 inf. ; 1
Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan
Referenced as figure 650 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
650A and 650B. Manuscript, A - "Khalīf with Arab Soldiers," B - "Dhū' l Qarnayn and guards," Kitāb al Hayawan, early 14th century AD, Mamlūk Egyptian, Bib. Ambrosiana, Ms. D. 140 Inf. SP. Nunc. 67, ff. 20v, 36r and 259, Milan.
From the same manuscript: An Enthroned Arab Ruler or Judge and his Guards. The Kitab al-Hayawan of al-Jāḥiẓ, p36a. 14th century. Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan
Compare this to Abu Zayd and his son before the Governor, maqama 10, Maqamat of al-Hariri, BnF MS Arabe 5847, 1237AD
and A Ruler and Guards in Kitāb Na‛t al-Ḥayawān, c. 1220. Brit. Lib. Or.2784
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