Islamic astrolabe, 1849

Made:
1849 in Lahore

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Islamic Indo-Persian astrolabe in brass, 155 mm in diameter and 1.3cm thick. Persian inscription around edge of ... reading "this tripartite astrolabe, with the sine quadrant and beneath it the limb, was designed as a gift for the honourable treasurer, Sir Henry Elliot, Sahib, K.C.B. Chief secretary of his Lordship, the Govenor-general, exalted deputy (may his good fortune continue) in Kapurthala, through the work of Balhumal, the astronomer from Lahore, the confident of his Lordship Ahluwaliya, completed Christian year 1849" decorative rete (ankabut) with leaves to represent 12 stars plates engraved with equal and unequal hours for latitudes 17[o] and 20[o], 23[o] and 26[o], 29 and 32[o], 35[o] and 38[o], 41[o] and 44[o] and 47[o] and 50[o] plus a seventh plate engraved on both sides as a tablet of horizons, pierced suspension (Kursi) to which is attached crimson cord (ilaqa) of 18 cm length

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Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1982-777
type:
astrolabe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
credit:
Harriet Wynter Ltd.
status:
Permanent collection

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