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Persian pharmacy, 13th century artwork

Persian pharmacy. 13th century Arabic artwork entitled The Preparation of Medicine from Honey. This image was produced in Baghdad, Iraq, whilst it was still part of the Persian Empire. It is from a 1224 Arabic translation of the manuscript De Materia Medica, written by the ancient Greek physician Dioscurides (c.40-c.90 AD), in which he described herbs and herbal remedies. A doctor can be seen stirring the medicine in a large bowl over an open fire (centre), while the large pots (urns) used to store it are at top

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1200s 13th Century Alternative Antiquity Arabian Arabic Bowl Chemist Classical Doctor Fire Heating Herbal Remedy Herbs Iraq Islamic Medicinal Middle East Moslem Muslim Persian Pharmacist Pharmacological Pharmacology Pharmacy Pots Preparations Preparing Remedies Stirring Translation Treatment 1224 De Materia Medica Iraqi Persian Empire Translated Urns


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This 13th century artwork, titled "The Preparation of Medicine from Honey" takes us back in time to the Persian Empire. Created in Baghdad, Iraq, this Arabic masterpiece is a translation of the ancient Greek physician Dioscurides' manuscript De Materia Medica. In this illustration, we witness a doctor diligently stirring medicine in a large bowl over an open fire at the center of the scene. The doctor's expertise and dedication are evident as he prepares herbal remedies using honey. The image also showcases large pots or urns used for storing these medicinal concoctions at the top. This intricate artwork beautifully captures both classical botany and historical pharmacology, providing insight into ancient practices of healing through nature's gifts. As we delve deeper into this mesmerizing piece, we appreciate its significance within Islamic culture and Middle Eastern history. It represents not only alternative medicine but also highlights the contributions made by Muslim scholars in translating and preserving knowledge from different civilizations. Through this extraordinary print from Science Photo Library, we are transported to an era where chemistry met artistry and where herbal remedies played a vital role in healthcare. It serves as a reminder that even centuries ago, people recognized the power of plants and their potential to heal ailments – wisdom that continues to inspire us today.

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