detail of astrolabe MHS inv. 47714By the standards of the astrolabe, this is a recent example of a North African instrument, but it is not a fake. It was probably made in the late 19th century, and was bought in London by the founding benefactor of this Museum, Lewis Evans. The back of the rete is stamped with the word “PATENT”, which suggests that it was cut from a sheet formerly used for some other purpose.

Inv. 47714

thumbnail of astrolabe MHS inv. 47714  thumbnail of astrolabe MHS inv. 47714