A SAFAVID BRASS HORIZONTAL DIAL AND QIBLA INDICATOR, SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD MAHDI AL-YAZDI, PERSIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
A SAFAVID BRASS HORIZONTAL DIAL AND QIBLA INDICATOR, SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD MAHDI AL-YAZDI, PERSIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
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A SAFAVID BRASS HORIZONTAL DIAL AND QIBLA INDICATOR, SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD MAHDI AL-YAZDI, PERSIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

A SAFAVID BRASS HORIZONTAL DIAL AND QIBLA INDICATOR, SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD MAHDI AL-YAZDI, PERSIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Sold:22,500GBP

Lot Details

Description

A SAFAVID BRASS HORIZONTAL DIAL AND QIBLA INDICATOR, SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD MAHDI AL-YAZDI, PERSIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY


rectangular brass plate on four riveted feet, with inset compass-box, engraved hour lines, place names, cardinal directions, meridian line, with signature in spandrel


7 by 10.8cm.

Condition Report

The compass box missing, some oxidisation and associated discoloration to surface, underside with scratches and some abrasion, 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.

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Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

inscriptions


‘Muhammad Mehdi al-Yazdi decorated it’


There are a handful of astrolabes and compasses attributed to Muhammed Mehdi al-Yazdi, an astrolabist who worked predominantly between 1649 and 1663 (Rogers 2010, p.311, no.366). One such astrolabe signed by him and dated 1060 AH/1650 AD is currently in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection (Rogers 2010, p.311, no.366) as well as another engraved by him and dated 1667 in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv.no. M.38-1916).

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