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Name of Object:

Nujum al-'ulum (‘Stars of the Sciences’)


Dublin, Ireland

Holding Museum:

The Chester Beatty Library

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Date of Object:

Hegira 978 / AD 1570–71

Museum Inventory Number:

CBL In 02

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Coloured pigments and gold on paper


25.8 x 16 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Deccani Sultanate


India, Bijapur


Nujum al-‘ulum (‘Stars of the Sciences’) is a compendium of Muslim and Hindu beliefs mainly dealing with astrology and magic. Depending on how they are counted, the manuscript contains between four and almost eight hundred illustrations. The folios included here illustrate the northern constellations Andromeda (portrayed as a woman) and the Horse; the Sun in a chariot; the zodiac sign Leo (a lion) with accompanying naksatras (mansions of the moon) and degrees; Jupiter depicted as an elderly king in procession; and the Universal Ruler upon his seven-storied throne. The only other copy of this text known was also produced in Bijapur, about a hundred years later, and is also in the Chester Beatty Library.

Citation of this web page:

 "Nujum al-'ulum (‘Stars of the Sciences’)" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;40;en

MWNF Working Number: IR 40


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