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Art from Home: Stories of Cultural Connections

Louvre Abu Dhabi brings the museum to you by telling stories about the art works on loans from our partners and from our collection through video, audio and activities that can be downloaded for children

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Astrolabe

Muhammad ibn Ahmad Al-Battuti
North Africa, Morocco (?), 1726–1727
Cast brass, silver nails
Louvre Abu Dhabi
LAD 2009.027|24.20 x 22 x 0.65 cm

By measuring the position and altitude of stars, the astrolabe can tell the time and thus allow users to calculate their geographic position. Invented by the Greeks and perfected by the Arabs from the 8th century, the astrolabe was of major importance for navigation on the high seas.

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See the details and learn the stories of our masterpieces

VISUAL STORY

A visual demonstration.
Highlighting iconographic features of the masterpiece.

Listen

Hear about the invention of the astrolabe

ACTIVITiES

SIMPLE AND EASY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Designed for children and families, download these interactive activities to enjoy from the comfort of your home

Astrolabe Colouring Page
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ACTIVITY
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