Astrolabe (non-functioning)

Persian
Purportedly Safavid
probably late 19th century
Falsely attributed to Abd al-A'imma (Persian, active about 1678–1722)


Object Place: Persia

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 14.5 x 8.8 cm (5 11/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

42.303

Medium or Technique

Brass, cast in eight pieces and engraved

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Metalwork

Inscription

On the throne, a jumbled version of the Throne Verse (Koran II:225); on the borders around spider, a jumble of star and zodiac names; in a cartouche on lower section of back, false signature "work of Abd al-A'Imma"

Signed

False signature, "Work of Abd al-A'imma"

Provenance

Purchased by the MFA from E.S. David in 1942.

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund