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ASIAN ICONOGRAPHY
Magic and Science
Astronomy and astrologyMiscellaneousCyclesOxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley Or. 133
MAGIC & SCIENCE
Astronomy and astrology
Constellations Zodiac AquariusSingle figureAs a well (often with Saturn pulling up water)
Constellations Zodiac AquariusWith planetsSaturn (domicile)
Planets Represented as planetary deities IndividualLunaLuna as a woman - not in a chariot → With a moon, but not holding it in her hands
Planets Represented as planetary deities IndividualSaturnPulling up water from a well
Planets Represented as planetary deities IndividualVenusSeated → Playing a musical instrument other than the lute
Planets Represented as planetary deities IndividualMercurySeated
Planets Represented as planetary deities Dignities and debilitiesSaturnDomicile (Capricorn and Aquarius)
Planets Represented as planetary deities Dignities and debilitiesVenusAs Prosopon (Facies) → For Aquarius (first Decan)
Planets Represented as planetary deities Dignities and debilitiesMercuryAs Prosopon (Facies) → For Aquarius (second Decan)
Planets Represented as planetary deities Dignities and debilitiesLunaAs Prosopon (Facies) → For Aquarius (third Decan)
Planets Represented as planetary deities Dignities and debilitiesCyclesOxford, Bodleian Library, or. 133, 2v-22v
Decans and paranatellontaFacies (or Prosopa, Planets linked to individual Decan) CyclesOxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley Or. 133
Decans and paranatellontaFacies (or Prosopa, Planets linked to individual Decan) Aquarius - first Decan (Venus)
Decans and paranatellontaFacies (or Prosopa, Planets linked to individual Decan) Aquarius - second Decan (Mercury)
Decans and paranatellontaFacies (or Prosopa, Planets linked to individual Decan) Aquarius - third Decan (Luna)
MiscellaneousOxford, Bodleian Library, or. 133
Further details
At the top the zodiacal sign with the planet whose Domicile it is, at the bottom (from right to left) the planets who are the Facies of the three Decans of the zodiacal sign. The largest figure stands both for Aquarius and - because he looks like an elderly ascet - Saturn
ARTIST/CREATOR
Arabic
DATE
4th quarter 14th century
LOCATION
Oxford, Bodleian Library → Bodley Or. 133, fol. 21v
TEXT/BOOK/DOCUMENT (SOURCE OF PHOTO)
Al-Isfahani, Abd al-HasanBook of Wonders (Kitab al-Bulhan)
Notes on photograph
COLLECTION
Hamburg stamp (Bibliothek Warburg)
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