For sale a very rare Arabian Astrolabe from the 18th century! In the Islamic world, astrolabes were used to find the times of sunrise and the rising of fixed stars, to find their way to Mekka for the Hadj and to help schedule morning prayers. This is an outstanding brass Arabian Astrolabe, being 5 1/2 in diameter, signed by the maker, with zodiac engraving and further written and decorative engraving all over the front, side and back of this instrument. There is a recessed compass in the instrument. Historically, each Arabian Tribe Master had one of these astrolabes to help him navigate either on land or in water. Instruments were given from Master to successor and therefor very rare. Modern Astrolabes are still appreciated in the Arabian world for their unique capabilities and their value for astronomy education. Similar Astrolabe or Sundial can be found in the Miraj museum of Abu Dhabi. The item “Very rare Sundial or Astrolabe from Middle East 18th century (Qibla finder)” is in sale since Monday, November 12, 2018. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Middle East”. The seller is “tezinha2000″ and is located in Ubbergen. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Color: Yellow
- Primary Material: Brass
- Type: Compass
- Age: Pre-1800
- Region of Origin: Middle East
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original