A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,

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Lot 100
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,

Sold for £ 1,250 (US$ 1,702) inc. premium
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
complete with suspension ring, mater, alidade with sighting vanes, three plates and rete, 3 3/4in (9.5cm) diameter

Footnotes

  • The original, of which the present instrument is copy, was made for the Sultan Bayazid II (ruled AH 886-918[CE 1481-1512]) by al-Ahmar al-Nujûmî al-Rûmî in AH. 911 [CE 1505/06]. It was sold in Sotheby's Arts of the Islamic World, sale 8 October 2014 lot 135.

    This copy although extremely similar is not identical with the original. The kufic lettering of the present astrolabe is less firmly engraved, lighter in body and rather spidery, with less pronounced 'serifs' than that employed on the Sotheby instrument. This did not have a full latitude plate engraved on the mater, only the base circles. The thrones of the two instruments differ slightly in profile, as do the chamfered ends of the alidade. A more noticeable difference is the placing of the commission inscription in a rectangular frame rather than in the circle employed on the Sotheby astrolabe. Although in general competently executed, the present instrument has some unevenness in the divisions, occasional slippage of the burin and, more crucially, mistakes in the inscriptions.
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A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
A small brass copy of a 16th century Ottoman astrolabe,
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