“In the scent treasuries…” from the Book of Gifts & Rarities

In the scent treasuries, there were found five poles of Indian aloeswood, the length of each ranging form nine to ten cubits, and camphor from Fansur, each ball of which weighed five mithqãls or less—nothing comparable had ever been seen—and pieces of ambergris, each weighing three thousand mithqãls, or around that.

From the Book of Gifts and Rarities—Selections Compiled in the Fifteenth Century from an Eleventh-Century Manuscript on Gifts and Treasures, translated from the Arabic by Ghãda al-Hijjãwi al-Qaddumi, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1996, p.237.

These extracts appear as a lead-up to Materiality No. 3: Precious. Submissions for issue #3 are due on 30 September 2013. Issue #2 (Time) is due out at the end of July. To purchase previous copies ofMateriality, please visit the pinknantucket press shop.