Astrolabe of Prince 'Umar ibn Yusuf

Date: 1291
Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Yemen
Medium: Brass
Dimensions: 15.6 cm in diameter for the outer case
Description: Astrolabes had almost countless uses, among them determining times, days, information about the zodiac, and locations/trajectories of particular stars. The particular astrolabe reproduced here is attributed to 'Umar ibn Yusuf, a prince of the Rasulid dynasty of Yemen. 'Umar was known for his scientific treatises.
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 9

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