Piero Fornasetti Astrolabio Porcelain Plate,
No. 1 in Series.
(Astroglobe Plate in V & A Colection.)
The gilt plate has a central panel in black and white below a crown depicting an astrolabe over the Celestial heavens.
ASTROLABIO within black shaped outline
WEHNACHTEN CHRISTAS NOEL 1965
VAN HEUGTEN N.V. AMERSFOORT
a 1 within black circle
and the traditional hand golden a brush over
Made in Italy and a gold 7.
all over the blank porcelain makers mark
Image above Diagram showing the parts of an astrolabe. Image © the Whipple Museum.
ASTRLABE An astrolabe (Greek: astrolabon, "star-taker") is an elaborate inclinometer, historically used by astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. Its many uses include locating and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars, determining local time given local latitude and vice-versa, surveying, triangulation, and to cast horoscopes. It was used in classical antiquity, through the Islamic Golden Age, the European Middle Ages and Renaissance for all these purposes. In the Islamic world, it was also used to calculate the Qibla and to find the times for Salah, prayers.
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