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Piero Fornasetti Astrolabio Plate, Christmas 1968, No. 4 in Series.

Piero Fornasetti Astrolabio Plate,

Christmas 1968,

No. 4 in Series.


(Astroglobe Plate in V & A Colection.)

The gilt plate has a central panel in black and white with a map with America in the centere overlaid by an astrolabe.


ASTROLABIO within black shaped outline



a 4 within black circle

and the traditional hand golden a brush over

Fornasetti. Milano

Made in Italy and a gold 89.

all over the blank porcelain makers mark

in green:



Astrolabe parts


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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