Astronomical instrument: Qiblanuma
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
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.
"Astronomical instrument: Qiblanuma" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;tr;1;en
MWNF Working Number: TR1 001