• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 201

    AN INDIAN ASTROLABE INSCRIBED IN PERSIAN

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN INDIAN ASTROLABE INSCRIBED IN PERSIAN
    19TH CENTURY
    unsigned and undated, degree scale around the limb [0°-360°], no plates present, the reverse plane and not engraved, a stereographic projection for alitudes only, the rete for 26 stars, not all named.
    8in. (20.5cm.) diameter
    A similarity to No.136 in the Khalili collection (and lot 87 from our 8 April 2009 sale) suggests an origin from the same workshop; c.f. Maddison & Savage-Smith Science, Tools & Magic Part One. Body and Spirit (Oxford: 1997), pp.237-8.


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