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Astrolabe, by Khafif, Syro-Egyptian, Late 9th Century?

Inventory Number: 47632
Object Type: astrolabe
Persons: Khafif (Maker)
Date Created: Late 9th Century?
Place Created: Syria Asia
Subject Classification(s): Billmeir Collection By Collection Astronomy By Discipline Astrolabes Astronomical Instruments Mathematical Instruments By Trade Location  
Accession Number: 1957-84/155
Brief Description: Mater; rete for 17 stars; 3 plates; alidade; director; horse. Inscriptions in Armenian script on the plates and on the shadow-square. The back of the mater is marked with a variation of the rare dastur circle.
Primary Inscriptions: "Made by Khafif the apprentice of Ali ibn ?Isa" on the back of the kursi. "For Ahmad the astronomer of Sinijar" on the front of the kursi.
Provenance: Presented by J. A. Billmeir. Formerly in the Nicolas Landau Collection, Paris.
Collection Group: Billmeir Collection
Material(s): Brass

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