Indo-Persian brass astrolabe, 1666. This brass Islamic astrolabe was made by Jamal al-Din at Lahore, Pakistan. An astrolabe is in essence a model of the universe that an astronomer could hold in their hands. This front view shows the very ornate moveable fretwork plate, called the ‘rete’, which denotes star positions by short curved pointers.
Science Museum, London, Great Britain
SSPL/Science Museum / Art Resource, NY
2373 X 3504 px