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Name of Object:

Planispheric astrolabe


Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art

About Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Date of Object:

Hegira 374 / AD 984-985

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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.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;qt;Mus21;29;en

MWNF Working Number: QT 29


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