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50-year-old map ‘Picture of the world’ restored

3 Jul 2022 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA) has restored a historical map called ‘Picture of the world’ dating back more than 850 years.

A statement issued by the NRAA said, ‘The restoration and maintenance work team of the authority successfully restored the map Picture of the World. It is a rare map drawn by the scholar Al Sharif al Idrisi, one of the greatest Arab cartographers and geographers, in 1154.’

The map illustrates accurate details of the time period, displaying countries, territories and seas.

The contribution of Al Sharif al Idrisi (1100-1165) to cartography became the basis for Muslim geographers’ work for many years.

The map was torn and fragmented due to exposure to high humidity and acidity levels.

The Sultanate of Oman appears prominently on the map, including its strategic locations – Muscat, Sohar, Qalhat, Sur, Dhofar, Mirbat, Hasik, Saal and Dhahirah.

Elaborating on the different stages of restoration of the map, Mohammad al Sulaimi, head of Restoration Department in NRAA, said, “Restoring documents requires technical skills and accurate knowledge of the components making these, including the paper, ink and colour.”

Cleaning and removing stains helped bring out the original details of the map, he informed.

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