Astrolabe Catalogue


Date 1647/8 (A.H. 1057)
Maker Muḥammad Muqīm al-Yazdī
Place Persia
Material Brass
Acquisition Presented by Lewis Evans in 1924.
Accession 1924-0/part


Evans bought it from Percy Webster, his main London dealer, in 1921/22. Webster bought it at Foster's Sale Rooms, London, in October 1921. It had been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum after being brought to England by Colonel Cramer-Roberts. He bought it in March 1879 at a 'prize sale' in Sherpore of property brought out of Afghanistan after the Amir of Kabul had been deposed by the British as ruler of Afghanistan. It had belonged to the Amir's family. It was originally made for Shah Abbas II of Persia (1629-1666).
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