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Description

Brass astrolabe, the earliest surviving signed and dated astrolabe made in Europe, by Muhammad ibn al-Saffâr, Cordova, Spain, 417 AH, 1026 - 1027 AD, with rete c. 1300

Museum reference

T.1959.62

Collection

History of Science

Object name

Astrolabe

Production information

ibn al-Saffâr, Muhammad, 1026 - 1030 (fl.), Instrument maker
Cordova, Spain, EUROPE

Date

1026 - 1027
417 AH
c. 1300

Style / Culture

Hispano-Moorish

Materials

Brass

Physical description

Brass

Exhibitions

  • Treasured: Wonderful Things, Amazing Stories (14 Nov 2008 - 01 Jan 2011)
    National Museum of Scotland

  • Discover Islamic Art (01 Dec 2005)
    World Wide Web

References

Turner, A.J., The Time Museum catalogue of the collection, Vol 1: Time Measuring Instruments, Part 1 Astrolabes and Astrolabe Related Instruments, Rockford, 1985, p. 115

Jones, Jean and Uhl, Mary (eds.), Under One Roof, Edinburgh, 1996

Macdonald, A. and Morrison-Low, A.D., A Heavenly Library: Treasures from the Royal Observatory's Crawford Collection, Edinburgh, Royal Observatory and NMS, 1994, p. 24

The replacement rete is discussed by King, David A. 'Medieval Astronomical Instruments: A Catalogue in Preparation' in Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No 31 (1991), pp 3-7

http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;uk;Mus03;1;en

On display

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