Science in Islam

From Europe to the Orient

From Europe to the Orient

Medium image of Inv Num 33518 - Inclining Dial

This instrument is similar to some European dials of the eighteenth century and may, like many watches of the period, have been made in Europe for the Persian or Turkish market. It is adjustable for use at any latitude from 0° to 60°.

Underneath the hour-plate, on the plate surrounding the compass-box, and under the compass are engraved circular tables indicating the locations of various towns. The initial letters of the Arabic words for ‘North’ and ‘South’ are engraved on the appropriate points of the compass-needle.


Inventory no. 33518
Inclining Dial, Unsigned, Persian?, Late 18th Century

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