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SCI 471, top & side views
SCI 471, top & side views

Qiblah Compass

SCI 471

Turkey

18th – 19th century

SCI 471, top & side views
SCI 471, compass

Qiblah Compass

SCI 471

Turkey

18th – 19th century

papier mâché, painted in watercolour; magnitized needle under glass

6cm (height); 7cm (diameter)

The schematic depictions around the Ka‘bah on the top of the lid include Zamzam and the minbar of the Haram. A view of the Meccan sanctuary replaces the word junub (‘south’) on the interior. The names of Allah and Muhammad alternate with the phrase ma sha’a Allah (‘Whatsoever God wills’) on the sides.