Antique Astrolabe Handmade Hebrew Lettering Zodiac 12 Tribe Signs Very Detailed


Antique Astrolabe Handmade Hebrew Lettering Zodiac 12 Tribe Signs Very Detailed

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Antique Astrolabe Handmade Hebrew Lettering Zodiac 12 Tribe Signs Very Detailed:
$3,000


ANTIQUE Astrolabe Handmade HEBREW Lettering Zodiac 12 Tribe Signs VERY DETAILEDThis remarkable piece measures 5" in diameter. It was entirely hand made in its time, and is fully detailed on all facets. Please examine the original photographs of the piece.Solid brass pieces, everything fits together and comes apart. An important piece for a serious nautical or Judaica collection.Why Jewish Astrolabes?
What was the role of the astrolabe in Jewish culture?
It was as important as the role it played in Muslim and
Christian cultures: the astrolabe was the most symbolic
of medieval astronomical instruments and embodied
the best astronomical knowledge then available. It
was associated with power and luxury in the Muslim
and Christian courts, where astrologers (frequently
Jews) used it to forecast the future of the king and his
kingdom. They were occasionally treated like jewels,
and as such, they were embellished with precious
stones and displayed in public. They were (and still
are) collectible items that indicated on the metal of the
mater the names of the patron and the maker. Very
few astrolabes with Hebrew script are extant; they are
characteristically restrained in their decoration, which
makes the Hebrew script especially noticeable. There
is sufficient (instrumental and textual) evidence that
Jews were involved in the diffusion of the astrolabe
through texts and instruments. Some of them, like
Levi ben Gerson (13th c.), introduced improvements
and modifications in the standard planispheric
astrolabe. Others, like Abraham ibn Ezra, found in the
biblical text indications of its knowledge among the
Israelites before its invention by the Greeks. Research
about the astrolabe in Jewish culture and the degree of
involvement of Jews in astrolabe making and astrolabe
diffusion is still lacking in the fields of Jewish studies
and of the history of science. Researchers should
pay attention to the fact that astrolabes in Jewish
culture employed many languages (Hebrew, Catalan,
Judaeo-Arabic, Arabic, and Castilian) and were used
in very different contexts, which was a reflection of
the complexity and diversity of Jewish culture in
the Middle Ages. The Hebrew astrolabes displayed
at the British Museum in London and at the Adler
Planetarium in Chicago are interdisciplinary artifacts
made in the interplay of medieval science (astronomy),
medieval practice (astrology), and medieval philosophy
(cosmology). They took their form and were preserved
and modified in the context of an ensemble of
knowledge whose texts and instruments traveled
much more than usually assumed and whose writers,
readers, and makers were less homogeneous than
previously believed. All of this indisputably makes the
astrolabe a fascinating artifact and an illuminating
object about Jewish culture in the Middle Ages.FREE shipping and handling anywhere in the U.S.A. via FED EX ground. International shipping is a flat rate of $50 via express mail only. If we have overcharge you for international shipping, for instance in the case of Canada, we will refund the difference back to you.Paypal.com is the method of payment and all sales are final.offer with confidence we are full time sellers on in our 13th year, and have thousands of satisfied clients and collectors world wide. SERIOUS OFFERS ONLY PLEASE. We reserve the right to cancel this sale for any reason.


Antique Astrolabe Handmade Hebrew Lettering Zodiac 12 Tribe Signs Very Detailed:
$3,000

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