Astrolabe: dismounted obverse by unknown

Astrolabe: dismounted obverse


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Astrolabe: dismounted obverse

This fine astrolabe belongs to the earliest tradition of instrument making at the Moghul court in Lahore and is dateable to the second half of the 16th century. It shares several characteristics of an astrolabe by Ilahdad (Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad [IC no. 1120]) and so it is probable that he may have been the maker. The various markings on the instrument reveal the work of two different engravers from the same Moghul milieu: the main engraver (perhaps Ilahdad himself) engraved the limbus and the gazetteer, as well as the rete and three of the five plates, while the second person completed the markings on the back of the instrument and the remaining two plates.

  • Image reference: E5545-1

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