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Illustrations from

'Book of Fixed Stars' (Kitāb suwar al-kawākib al-ṯābita)
by ‛Abd al-Rahman ibn ‛Umar al-Ṣūfī,

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ms. Rogers Fund, 1913, c. 1400AD [Acc. 13.160.10]

Probably produced in Samarkand.

This book, based on the Almagest of the Greek astronomer Ptolemy, concerns the forty-eight constellations known as the Fixed Stars, which, according to the medieval conception of the universe, inhabited the eighth of the nine spheres surrounding the earth. The constellations each appear twice in mirror image, shown as observed from the earth and from the sky.
p.249, Orion
p.248, Orion
p.224, Aquarius
p.223, Aquarius
p.207, Sagittarius
p.206, Sagittarius
p.184, Virgo
p.183, Virgo
p.129, Andromeda & Fish
p.127, Andromeda & Fish
p.125, Andromeda
p.124, Andromeda
p.100, Serpens & Serpentarius
p.99, Serpens & Serpentarius
p.91, Auriga
p.90, Auriga
p.84, Perseus
p.83, Perseus
p.77, Cassiopeia
p.76, Cassiopeia
p.61, Hercules
p.60, Hercules
p.52, Bootes
p.51, Bootes
p.46, Cepheus
p.45, Cepheus

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