Manuscript of Fixed Stars by al-Sufi - ROM2012_12862_2


Manuscript of Fixed Stars by al-Sufi

Medium:Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper
Geography: Possibly Isfahan, Iran
Date: Mid-17th century AD
Period: Safavid Period
236 x 155 mm
Object number: 971.292.13
Not on view
DescriptionKitab suwar al-kawakib al-thabita (Book of Constellations or Fixed Stars) by Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (d. 986), Persian translation of the original Arabic. Written in nasta'liq script, the text describes each constellation, displays the information on individual stars in a table and presents the figure twice, as seen on a celestial globe and as seen in the sky. The opening shows Barshawush (the constellation Perseus) as observed in the sky.
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