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Hegira 459 / AD 1067, Taifa kingdom of Banu Dhi'l-Nun (Dhu'l-Nunids)
Cast and engraved brass
National Archaeological Museum
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Made in Toledo (according to the inscription), this is one of the oldest astrolabes to have survived, and it demonstrates the scientific excellence attained in al-Andalus during the Taifa era. It was used to find one’s position using the stars in the night sky shown on one of its faces.