Oriental Astrolabe


Shipping to United States: Free

An astrolabe is an elaborate inclinometer, historically used by astronomers and navigators to measure the inclined position in the sky of a celestial body, day or night. It can thus be used to identify stars or planets, to determine local latitude given local time (and vice versa), to survey, or to triangulate. It was used in classical antiquity, the Islamic Golden Age, the European Middle Ages, and the Renaissance for all these purposes
In the time interval between Ptolemy (2nd century AD) and Copernicus (16th century), the major developments in observational and theoretical astronomy took place from North Africa to Central Asia—during late Antiquity, and then in pre-Islamic and finally Islamic societies. The main advances happened between the 9th and the mid-15th centuries. During this period, Muslim scholars familiarized themselves with Indo-Persian astronomical traditions, mastered Ptolemaic planetary models, improved computational and observational techniques, established large-scale observatories, devised accurate observational instruments and, finally, developed several non-Ptolemaic planetary models to make the observed motions of planets more compatible with Aristotelian cosmology.

Dimensions (astrolabe on the wooden base): height 18 1/2 cm
length 12 cm
width 5 1/2 cm
Dimensions only of the astrolabe body height 16 cm
length 12 cm
width 1/2 cm

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  • Europe : 3 - 7 business days
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania : 8 - 20 business days
  • Asia Pacific : 8 - 20 business days
  • Latin America and the Caribbean : 7 - 20 business days

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Reviews (4)


Just as described! Great quality.

Absolutely stunning. Also extremely happy with the service: ordered on Tuesday and received it on Thursday the same week. It came in a nice box, extremely well packaged and with a lovely postcard with thanks from the seller. It looks fantastic, thank you very much.

It came within 2 weeks and was packaged nice! I gave this to my friend as a birthday gift because she said she always wanted one because its something she is proud of because muslims invented it. Was happy to find this!

Beautiful piece; arrived quickly; exactly as described.

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