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celestial globe

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Celestial globe with stand, made of brass inlaid with silver. Globe decorated with the 48 constellations and inscribed with their names in Arabic; stand decorated with talismans.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1275-1276 (AH 674)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 29 centimetres (globe)
    • Height: 50 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        globe and stand
      • Inscription Language

  • Curator's comments


    R. Pinder-Wilson, 'The Malcolm celestial globe', British Museum Yearbook 2, vol 1 (1976), pp297-321 (reprinted in Studies in Islamic Art, Pindar Press, London, 1985).

    E. Savage-Smith, Islamicate celestial globes: Smithsonian studies in history and technology, vol 46, catalogue entry no.4, pp219-220 (Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985)

    B. Dorn, 'Description of the celestial globe belonging to Major-General Sir John Malcolm...deposited in the Museum of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland', Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, vol 2, issue 2, pp371-392 (1830)


  • Location

    On display: G34/dc8/no2

  • Exhibition history


    2012 19 Mar-2 Jun, Qatar, Doha, Museum of Islamic Art, 'Gifts of the Sultans'
    2011-2012 23 Oct-15 Jan, USA, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, 'Gifts of the Sultans'
    2011 05 Jun-30 Sept, USA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 'Gifts of the Sultans'
    2010 29 May-15 Oct, USA, Kentucky Horse Park, 'A Gift from the Desert'
    2008-2009 13 Nov-15 Mar, BM, G35, 'Babylon: Myth and Reality'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Globe (celestial). Talismans & nasxí inscriptions. Made of silver inlaid brass.

Globe (celestial). Talismans & nasxí inscriptions. Made of silver inlaid brass.

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