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A 19TH-CENTURY MAGHRIBI ASTROLABE AFTER ISA...

Sold for £950


Condition report
Generally good overall, some scuff/rub marks to the reverse from the alidade; star plates look as if they've been lacquered and this has gone darker.

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A 19TH-CENTURY MAGHRIBI ASTROLABE AFTER ISA IBN ALLAHDAD
heavily constructed in brass and bearing date '1135' AH (1722/23 CE) on the shaped throne, six double-sided planispheric plates and fret-worked rete secured with stylised 'horse', the reverse etched with shadow square, calendar and hour scales etc., unmarked alidade with sighting vanes, the whole suspended from a hinged joint -- 4⅝?in. (11.8cm.) diameter; mater ⅜?in. (1cm.) thick
This astrolabe appears to be a near-faithful copy of the 'Isa ibn Allahdad' astrolabe of Lahore, Pakistan contained in the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, Inv. No. A-79 (IC 1096). This is a little larger with a 7¼in. (18.5cm.) diameter, 3/8in. (1cm.) thick mater and is dated for 1013 (1605/05).