Planispheric Astrolabe

Muhammad Zaman al-Munajjim al-Asturlabi Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

Astrolabes of this size were not precise enough for astronomical observations, but served well for telling time, and astrologers could use them to determine the position of a planet relative to the different astrological houses. The intricate calligraphic faceplate of this example is typical of Safavid‑period astrolabes; it reads: "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate" (bismallah al‑Rahman al‑Rahim).

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Planispheric Astrolabe, Muhammad Zaman al-Munajjim al-Asturlabi (Iranian, active 1643–1689), Brass and steel; cast and hammered, pierced and engraved

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