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Astrolabe, by Khalil Muhammad ibn Hasan `Ali and `Abd al-A'imma, Persian, Early 18th Century

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Inventory Number: 33739 (on display)
Object Type: astrolabe
Persons: Khalil Muhammad ibn Hasan `Ali (Maker)
Date Created:
Place Created: Iran/Persia Asia
Subject Classification(s): Billmeir Collection By Collection Astronomy By Discipline Astrolabes Astronomical Instruments Mathematical Instruments By Trade Location  
Accession Number: 1957-84/7
Brief Description: Mater; rete; 2 plates; alidade; horse; pin; yellow `ilaqa. An inscription on the throne records that the astrolabe was made during the reign of the Safavid Shah Husain (1694-1722) for his vizier, Mirzā Muḥammad Ṭāhir.The alidade has double sighting-vanes and bears ornamental inscriptions. The rim is also decorated. There are two paper plates interposed between the brass plates.
Primary Inscriptions: "Made by the poor man Khalil Muhammad ibn Hasan `Ali", engraved in a cartouche below the shadow-square. "Decorated by `Abd al-A'imma ibn `Abd al-Husain", on the back, at the bottom.
Provenance: Presented by J. A. Billmeir. Formerly in the Michel Collection. Made for the vizier of Shah Husain, Mirzā Muḥammad Ṭāhir J. A. Billmeir acquired it with the collection of Henri Michel, of Brussels, which he purchased around 1950.[Source: 'A Universal Geometry: the Astrolabe East and West'; Museum of the History of Science cataloguing project supported by the Designation Challenge Fund of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, completed 2005, See https://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/astrolabe/].
Collection Group: Billmeir Collection
Material(s): copper alloy
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
177 mm

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