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  • Description

    Astrolabe, made of brass, inlaid with silver, and engraved; with seven latitude plates. The rete is marked with pointers to sixty-three 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.


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1712 (Sha'ban 1124 (Sep-Oct 1712))
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 53 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Content

        هو بموجب فرمان قضا جريان سلطان سلاطين زمان سيّد خواقين دوران پشت و پناه اهل ايمان ولينعمت عالم و عالميان مدار سپهر دولت ﻭﻋﺩﺍﻟﺔ قطب فلك اعظم عظمة و جلالت اختر درخشان اوج كيتي ستاني مهر تابان وسط السّماء جهانباني شاه سلطان حسين صفوي موسوي حسيني مدّ اللّه تعالي ظلّ معدلته علي روس الانام مدي الليالي و الايام اين اسطرلاب تامّ صورت انجام يافت في شهر شعبان ١١٢٤
      • Inscription Comment

        A calligraphic inscription at the top of the astrolabe praises the royal patron, Sultan Husayn.
  • Curator's comments

    The massive size and weight of this instrument show that it was more for conspicuous ostentation than use. For further information see: K. Sloan (ed.), Enlightenment. Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century (London, The British Museum Press, 2003), Ch. 14 W.H. Morley, Description of a planispheric astrolabe constructed for Shah Sultan Husain Safawi, king of Persia, and now preserved in the British Museum (London, Williams and Norgate, 1856.)


  • Bibliography

    • Canby 1999 fig.161 bibliographic details
    • Pope 1938 pl.1402 bibliographic details
    • Barrett 1949a pl.40 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G1/fc12

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Brass astrolabe with silver inlay


COMPASS Title: Brass astrolabe with silver inlay

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