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Special Exhibition Label: 'Al-Mizan: Sciences and Arts in the Islamic World' (26/10/2010 - 20/03/2011)

Metalwork Techniques

Workshop Skills

Celestial globes locate stars and constellations on the apparent sphere of the sky. On this brass example, the stars have been inlaid in silver. This globe was made in Lahore in 1663/4 by Diya' al-Din Muhammad, a member of a family workshop which specialized in scientific instruments (see the neighbouring case on the right). The family preserved a particularly sophisticated method of globe production. Most globes are made from two hemispheres which are joined together, whereas the Lahore family specialized in the demanding process of casting complete hollow spheres using the lost wax method.

MHS inv. 45247 (left)

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