Name of Object:

Astronomical instrument: Qiblanuma


Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

Holding Institution:

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

Date of Object:

Hegira 1151 / AD 1738–9


Qiblanumas are portable astronomical instruments that show the direction to the Ka'ba in Mecca, which Muslims face to pray. They remained in use until the late AH 13th / AD 19th century and this example produced in Istanbul was decorated with a lacquering technique known as Edirnekari.

Citation of this web page:

"Astronomical instrument: Qiblanuma" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020.;AWE;tr;1;en

MWNF Working Number: TR1 001

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