Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ABC Wednesday—A is for "astrolabe"

There's documentation (in Cairo) that proves this brass
astrolabe was made by a 13th-century Yemeni prince.
Don't know how its last owner got his hands on
it, but his bequest left it to the Met in 1891.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.  I've been at it
every Wednesday since this post in 2009,
and still think it's one of the best memes ever!]


  1. Hey, a new word for me!
    I had to look in the dictionary to discover that it is an instrument used in astronomy.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. Way cool. And thanks for the blog love!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Wow, what an interesting post.

  4. Fascinating! Excellent photo, too!

  5. That is something.... It reminded me of the Jantar Mantar astronomy park/museum I recently visited in Jaipur.


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