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’).