Astrolabe, made of brass, inlaid with silver, and engraved; with seven latitude plates. The rete is marked with pointers to 63 important stars and the mater is inscribed with a gazetteer of 103 cities throughout the Islamic world, including Jerusalem, Damascus, Baghdad, Kabul and Delhi. Inscribed. Made by: 'Abd 'Ali ibn Muhammad Rafi' al-Juzi biography Decorated by: Muhammad Baqir. Safavid dynasty. Date: 1712 (Sha'ban 1124 (Sep-Oct 1712)) Made in: Iran Materials: silver term detailscopper alloy
By the standards of the astrolabe, this is a recent example of a North African instrument, but it is not a fake. It was probably made in the late 19th century, and was bought in London by the founding benefactor of this Museum, Lewis Evans. The back of the rete is stamped with the word “PATENT”, which suggests that it was cut from a sheet formerly used for some other purpose. Inv. 47714
Date: 1221/2. Maker: Muḥammad ibn Fattūḥ al-Khamā’irī. Place: Seville. Material: Brass. Astrolabe Catalogue Inventory no. 44141. The throne is of the moorish arch type made of brass attached with integrated base made of brass and omega type shackle made of brass . The rete contains 29 stars. The zodiac on the rete is labelled: الحمل , الثور , الجوزا , السرطان , الاسد , السنبله , الميزان , العقرب , القوس , الجدي , الدلو , الحوت.