Hindu astrolabe

Made:
1870 in Rajasthan
maker:
Sivalada

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Large Hindu astrolabe. Full view, graduated matt black perspex background.
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Large Hindu astrolabe. Detail image.
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Large Hindu astrolabe. Detail of script on the top of astrolobe, graduated grey background.
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Large Hindu astrolabe. Cropped detail view for gallery use. Graduated matt black perspex background.
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Hindu planispheric astrolabe in copper [brass?], single plate, made for Raja Ramasimha by Sivalala in 1870. Engraved in Sanskrit with instrument laid out for the latitude of Bundi (25º 28'), Rajasthan, India. Alidade at rear missing.

Made by Sivalala, this large astrolabe with Sanskrit script was commissioned by Raja Ramasimha in 1870. This front view shows the moveable fretwork plate called the rete that denotes star positions by short straight pointers. The astrolabe is in essence a model of the universe that an astronomer could hold in their hands. Popular in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, its many uses included timekeeping, astrology and surveying. The astrolabe is a two-dimensional depiction of the heavens whose layout is achieved using the mathematical technique of stereographic projection. From its origins in the Ancient World, Islamic astronomers developed the astrolabe from where it spread to India.

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Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1987-541
Measurements:
overall (hung): 930 mm x 670 mm x 40 mm, 700 mm, 5kg
type:
astrolabe
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
status:
Permanent collection

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