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Astrolabe, by Muhammad Mahdi al-Yazdi, Persian, c. 1660

Inventory Number: 46886
Object Type: astrolabe
Persons: Muhammad Mahdi al-Yazd (Maker)
Date Created: c.1660
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: 1957-84/162
Brief Description: Mater; rete; 6 plates; alidade; horse; pin; brown ilaqa. All the elements are finely engraved. One of the plates has silver decorations on one side. A small compass is set in the back of the kursi, its needle is in the shape of a bird.
Primary Inscriptions: "Decorated by Muhammad Mahdi al-YazdĂ®, son of Muhammad Amin", below the shadow-square. Other (ornamental) inscriptions are on the kursi and around the rim.
Provenance: Presented by J. A. Billmeir. Formerly in the Chadenat Collection.
Collection Group: Billmeir Collection
Material(s): Brass
silver.

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