Exhibitions/ Art Object

Three Treatises and a Letter on the Theory, Construction, and Use of Astrolabes

Object Name:
Folios from an illustrated manuscript
dated A.H. 628–35 / A.D. 1231–38
Attributed to Anatolia, Sivas and Kayseri. Country of Origin Turkey
Ink and colors on paper
Sheet: 9 7/16 × 6 5/16 in. (24 × 16 cm)
Works on Paper
Credit Line:
The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-lslamiyyah, Kuwait (LNS 67 MS)
Not on view
This anthology focuses primarily on the uses of the astrolabe. The illustration at the right is a diagram of the rete, or the top plate of an astrolabe, which functions as a map of the stars. It is inscribed with the names of the zodiacal signs and prominent stars visible in the Northern Hemisphere. On the left page, the larger circle represents a plate of which the center is the North Pole. The six smaller circles depict variants of the rete.
Entered collection by 1990 when it was published in Atil, Esin, Islamic Art & Patronage: Treasures from Kuwait, exh. cat. (Baltimore: The Walters Art Gallery, 1990), cat. 26.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs," April 25, 2016–July 24, 2016.

Canby, Sheila R., Deniz Beyazit, and Martina Rugiadi. "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." In Court and Cosmos. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 115, p. 194, ill. (color).