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Temporary exhibition label - "Succession"

"The second of Allahdad's grandsons to work as an instrument maker gives his name on this astrolabe of 1643/4 as 'Muhammad Muqim ibn Isa ibn Allahdad Humayun's astrolabist of Lahore'. / Like his brother Qa'im Muhammad, Muhammad Muqim used the phrase 'Asturlabi Humayuni Lahuri' to describe his grandfather. The phrase might mean no more than that Allahdad worked in the time of the emperor Humayun. But the family may have intended and would certainly have preferred the more prestigious interpretation that Allahdad was the emperor's own astrolabist. Humayun was certainly reported to have 'an extraordinary interest and proficiency in the astrolabe'.

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