‘The work of the weakest of [God’s] servants Muhammad Muqim ibn ‘Isa ibn al-Haddad, the Royal astrolabe [maker] of Lahore. The year 1051 AH (1641-2 AD).
Another work by this renowned astrolabist is in the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, inv. no. 43704. There is also what is described as a ‘brass globe astrolabe’ by his son Diya’ al-Din Muhammad in the Shrine Museum in Mashhad dated 1058 AH/1648 AD.
A comparable astrolabe from this school was sold in these rooms, 12 October 2005, lot 111.
The surface of mater rubbed rendering inscriptions difficult to read, some oxidisation and discoloration, alidad and pin probably later replacement, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."