London, South Kensington
15 October 2009
AN INDIAN ASTROLABE INSCRIBED IN PERSIAN
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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