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Name of Object:

Astrolabe of ‘Umar ibn Yusuf ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Ali ibn Rasul al-Muzaffari


New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Dated Hegira 690 / AD 1291

Type of object:


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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Brass; cast and hammered, pierced, chased, inlaid with silver

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This astrolabe is unusually well documented for an object produced during the medieval period. Its inscription attributes it to a Rasulid prince, ‘Umar ibn Yusuf, a few years before he ascended to the throne (r. 1295–96). ‘Umar compiled a number of scientific treatises, including one on the construction of astrolabes, an autographed version of which is preserved in Cairo and contains certifications by his teachers as to his competence as a maker of such devices and a description of this very piece.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891

Citation of this web page:

 "Astrolabe of ‘Umar ibn Yusuf ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Ali ibn Rasul al-Muzaffari" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus23;1;en&id=scientific_objects

MWNF Working Number: US3 01

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