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possibly made in North India

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An astrolabe is an instrument used by early astronomers to measure the altitude of stars and planets and also as a navigational aid. This brass example, made in North India in 1643, is one of the earliest known Indian astrolabes in a public collection.

The back of the astrolabe has a scale of degrees and a numeric table for gnomonic purposes. There is an alidade, pin and horse, and six plates for different latitudes.

The tradition of making astrolabes continued in India until well into the 19th century.

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