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  • Planispheric astrolabe, Safavid period (1501–1722), dated A.H. 1065 / a.d. 1654–55
    Signed by Muhammad Zaman al–Munajjim al–Asturlabi
    Iran, Mashhad
    Brass and steel; cast and hammered, pierced and engraved; H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm), W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm), D. 2 1/4 in. (15.7 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1963 (63.166a–j)

    These instruments, common to both medieval Islam and the medieval West, serve for astronomical, astrological, and topographical calculations, and even for telling time. There was a flourishing astrolabe manufactory in the Safavid period as well, and many signed and dated astrolabes are known from that time.

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  • Planispheric astrolabe, Safavid period (1501–1722), dated A.H. 1065 / A.D. 1654–55
    Signed by Muhammad Zaman al-Munajjim al-Asturlabi
    Iran, Mashhad
    Brass and steel; cast and hammered, pierced and engraved; H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm), W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm), D. 2 1/4 in. (15.7 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1963 (63.166a-j)

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