© Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Name of Object:

Planispheric astrolabe


Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art


Hegira 374 / AD 984-985

Type of object:

Scientific instrument, metalwork

Museum Inventory Number:


Period / Dynasty:



Iran or Iraq


This planispheric astrolabe was, as an inscription on its back states, made by Hamid ibn al-Khidr al-Khujandi, an eminent astronomer and mathematician at the court of the Buyid ruler Fakhr al-Dawla (r. AH 366-387 /AD 977-997). The rete of this particular astrolabe has markers for 33 stars, six of which are shown by the beaks of stylised birds. Markings on the back suggest that it may have been designed for use in Baghdad, possibly by another member of the Buyid family.

Citation of this web page:

 "Planispheric astrolabe" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;qt;Mus21;29;en&id=scientific_objects

MWNF Working Number: QT 29

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