Rare Antique Brass Astrolabe from Morocco
This is an 18th century Moroccan astrolabe complete with mater, rete and six tympans all with with fine arabic etching.
This astrolabe was likely to have been made as a copy of more elaborate and ancient examples.
It is in good condition despite some areas of tarnishing commensurate with age and is somewhat heavy weighing in over 1 kilo!
This astrolabe is astronomical rather than astrological meaning that the six tympans have mathematical tables as opposed to astrological tables.
It is a wonderful collectors' piece.
Moroccan astrolabes are very hard to find and those that can be found n the souk are either crude recent copies or slightly better recent versions sold expensively in larger high-end emporiums.
17 cm (h) x 12 cm (w) x 2.7 cm (d)