Astrolabe Catalogue

Dateca. 1320
PlaceEngland (?)
Inventory no.45133
AcquisitionPurchased from R. P. Howgrave-Graham in 1956

The supports to the portion of the equator in the lower part of the rete have an architectural form, shaped like the pillars of a building. This underlines the influence of Gothic architecture evident in the rete designs of European astrolabes of the 14th and 15th centuries, which are characterized by trefoil and quatrefoil motifs resembling contemporary windows and other decorative stonework (compare inventory nos. 47615 and 50769).

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The rete contains 38 stars. The rete contains zoomorphs: tropic of capricorn ends in a dragon's head and an engraved head of a goat forms one of the sets of star pointers. The zodiac on the rete is labelled: AREIS , TAVR9 , GEM’ , CANC’ , LEO , VIRGO , LIBRA , SCORPIO , SAGITT' , CAPRICORN9 , AQURIVS , PISCES.

The rete contains 1 scale of the following type: Zodiacal signs. More information


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