Astrolabe Catalogue


Date ca. 1700
Maker Khalīl Muḥammad ibn Ḥasan ‘Alī
Place Iṣfahān
Material Brass
Acquisition Purchased from C. E. Ross in 1925
Accession 1925-nn


Museum correspondence shows that it was purchased from Major C. E. Ross in February 1925, but it was not recorded at the time in the Museum's accession records or annual reports. It was the first astrolabe the Museum ever purchased, to add to the collection donated by Lewis Evans. Major Ross's father, 'who was many years in Persia as Resident in the Gulf' (that is, the British government's representative), acquired it in Persia in Victorian times.
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