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Persian astrolabes

Six Persian astrolabes from the 17th and 18th centuries. The large instrument dates from 1124 A.H. = 1712/3 A.D. and is signed, "Made by `Abd al-A'imma who needs the mercy of the Lord, the Self-Sufficing." A further inscription tells us that this astrolabe was made "By the command of the high-ranking confidante of the Khâqân, the pilgrim to the two illustrious sanctuaries, Hâjjî Ismaîl Bey, Jabbâdâr-bashî, this was completed [in the year] 1124'. Jabbâdâr-bashî was the administrative title of the director of the arsenal.

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