Hegira 417 / AD 1026–7, Umayyads of al-Andalus
Cast brass, incised
Royal Museum, National Museums of Scotland
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
About the Museum
The Muslim world inherited the astrolabe from Antiquity. It was an essential astronomical calculation device used for observing the stars, navigation and time keeping. In the AH 2nd / AD 8th century, following the Muslim conquest of Spain, it was introduced to Europe.