Astrolabe of Prince 'Umar ibn Yusuf
Type: Astronomical instruments
Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Yemen
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
Repository and Online Resources: • Read more about this astrolabe on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. • Watch the British Museum's video on using an astrolabe. • Watch writer Lee Lawrence find her way around Boston using an astrolabe.