India, 19th century
Engraved brass sphere, indicating the ecliptic lines and the equator, the meridian lines, the two poles, images of the constellations by human or zoomorphic representations, the twelve signs of the zodiac and the fixed stars with Arabic cursive inscriptions.
Signed and dated but apocryphal: 'Amal Al-Eskandarânî 1175H'.
D. 17 cm
A celestial globe, signed Al-Iskandarânî, India, 19th century
of spherical form, the globe with engraved markings and astrological symbols.
Former Swiss private collection
This globe belongs to a group of nearly thirty known decorative but non-functional pieces which, although many of them bear names and dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, are iconographically dependent on a Sanskrit work, "The Jewel of all Sciences", written between 1822 and 1839 by Durgashankara Pathara.
For a full, illustrated and detailed discussion of these globes, see Emilie Savage-Smith, The Nasser D. Khalili collection of Islamic Art, xii, Science, Tools and Magic, vol.II, London Oxford, 1997, pp.406- 13.
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