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Brass Astrolabe, Egyptian, 1227-28

Brass Astrolabe, Egyptian, 1227-28

C025/8638

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23.4 x 32.8 cm ⏐ 9.2 x 12.9 in (300dpi)

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MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE / OXFORD UNIVERSITY IMAGES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE / OXFORD UNIVERSITY IMAGES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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A brass Astrolabe made to the order of the sultan Abu-l-Fatih Musa, Saladin's nephew. Egyptian, Cairo, 1227-28. One of the few surviving astrolabes from the Ayyubid period (the dynasty founded by Saladin). It represents a high point in the history of metallurgical craftsmanship. It is decorated by gold and silver damascening. Abu-l-Fatih Musa ruled over parts of Mesopotamia, Syria and Armenia in the early 13th century.

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