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Astrolabe, by Shams ad-din Muhammad Saffar, Persian, 1505/6

Inventory Number: 51182
Object Type: astrolabe
Persons: Shams ad-din Muhammad Saffar (Maker (Signed by))
Date Created: Dated 911 A.H. (A.D. 1505)
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: 1957-84/158
Brief Description: Mater; rete for 27 stars, 3 plates; cross-shaped alidade; horse. One of the star-pointers is broken. The inscriptions are roughly engraved.Two of the arms of the alidade are curved, one of the sighting-vanes is missing.
Primary Inscriptions: "The making of this astrolabe was completed by the servant, yearning for God the forgiving, Shams ad-din Muhammad Saffar, in the year nine hundred and eleven", engraved on the back.
Provenance: Presented by J. A. Billmeir. Formerly in the Chadenat Collection, La Ferté-Bernard.
Collection Group: Billmeir Collection
Material(s): Brass
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
120 mm

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