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Astrolabe circa 1875

Silver, steel | 37.2 x 24.8 x 3.7 cm (loop, tassel etc extended) | RCIN 11209

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Due to the avid interest of the eighteenth century ruler, Jai Singh II (1688–1743), Jaipur became a centre for the production of astrolabes, scientific instruments that identify stars and planets, and can be used for navigation. This silver example has a tubular eye-piece commonly found with astrolabes produced in Jaipur. The reverse of the top section is inscribed with the co-ordinates for Greenwich, the British centre of time-keeping.