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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 19th century
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 20.1 x 13.1 x 3.1 cm (7 15/16 x 5 3/16 x 1 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Astrolabe. A northern instrument fitted with a ring and shackle for suspension, a rete or 'ankabut, three sexpartite tablets, an alidade equipped with sights, a pin and a bolt. Surface decoration chased and engraved; inscription in naskhi script include dedication, signature and date.
  • Inscriptions

    The principal inscriptions are as follows:
    a. The "dedication." [Arbc]
    "According to command this was completed [for] al-Khaqan, the honored Sultan (?) of sublime power, Muhammad Khan Bagran. [Personage not identified]."
    b. The signature and date.
    In a cartouche on the back below the Shadow-square: [Arbc]
    "Wrought by 'Abd-al-A'immah 1127" (A.D. 1715).
    c. Engraver: In a small cartouche in the lower center of the border on the back:
    c. Engraver: In a small cartouche in the lower center of the border on the back:
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Wonders of Creation, Oddities of Existence: An Exhibition in Celebration of Halley's Comet (February 28, 1986 to October 27, 1986)
    Near Eastern Art (June 15, 1973 to May 7, 1975)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Measuring Device
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