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This composite astrolabe is made from a set of medieval 15th century plates and an early 17th century rete and mater. The set of plates probably once belonged to a French astrolabe, as is evident from the fact that the side of the 49â”œÃ²Ã”Ã²Ã˜ plate is labelled with the place name 'PAR9': a detail typical of early 14th century French astrolabes. The provenance of the rete and the mater is more problematic and looking at their style and design, Italy seems most probable as its country of origin in the light of present knowledge. It has been suggested that the location of the stars on the rete represent the sky in 1625, thus providing an approximate date for these components. There seems to be at least one other astrolabe by the same maker, now in the Adler Planetarium, Chicago.
- Image reference: E5567-3
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London