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Inventory no. 44956 -

INSTRUMENT FOR ?ASTROLOGICAL, DIVINATORY or MAGICAL PURPOSES, of unknown origin and date, ?Indian.

The main part of the instrument is a circular brass casting with a raised rim, similar to the mater of an astrolabe, but without a bracket. Within this mater are six plates (similar to astrolabe plates) of varying thickness and diameter. The mater and the plates are pierced by central holes, but no pin and horse or other means of assembling the various pieces has survived. No scales or graphs usually found on astrolabes occur anywhere on this instrument which appears to be entirely covered with tables, in debased Arabic script and numerals, and with crudely drawn outline figures probably representing the Signs of the Zodiac (?Hare, ?Twins, Bull or Goat, Balance, Fish, ?Crab, ?Lion, and Dragon).

Formerly in the Chadenat Collection

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Billmeir Collection

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