• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 53

    AN INDIAN ASTROLABE INSCRIBED IN SANSKRIT

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN INDIAN ASTROLABE INSCRIBED IN SANSKRIT
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    unsigned and undated, the throne decorated in relief, the limb divided 1-60 by 1 and marked by 5, the mater with a gazetteer, five plates etched one side only, the rete with 26 named star pointers; the reverse with triginometric quadrant, shadow square and six concentric quadrant arcs for the zodiac; pin and horse.
    6in. (15.5cm.) diam.


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    The similarity to No. 2.6 in Sarma's cenus, suggests that this astrolabe comes from the same workshop.

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    Literature

    Sarma, Sreeramula Rajeswara. Indian Astronomical Instruments in German Collections (online publication, 2008), pp.17-23.