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SCI 457
SCI 457

Qiblah Compass

SCI 457

Istanbul, Turkey

18th – early 19th  century

SCI 457
SCI 457, detail

Qiblah Compass

SCI 457

Istanbul, Turkey

18th – early 19th  century

engraved brass plate on a wooden base, with a magnetized needle; paintings in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, under glass

20.2 x 18cm (overall); 10 x 7cm (painted area)

The recessed oval area has depictions of the sanctuaries at Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The paintings are signed, tersim al-‘abd Fakhri fi dar al-saltanah Qustantiniyyah (‘painted by the servant [of God] Fakhri in the Abode of the Sultanate, Constantinople’).