Ophiuchus constellation, 13th century

Ophiuchus constellation, 13th century

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Caption: Ophiuchus constellation. 13th-century Islamic manuscript illustration of the constellation Serpentarius (Ophiuchus) depicted as a man grappling with a serpent. Stars are dots marked with red circles. The text is in Arabic. This manuscript is from a later copy of 'A description of the fixed stars' (c.964) by the 10th-century Persian Islamic astronomer Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi.

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