The painting shows workers at the observatory of Taqi al-Din at
Istanbul in 1577 (AH 985). Two observers are working with an astrolabe.
A universal astrolabe of the saphea
form is on the table in front of the man with the dividers and
paper. Astrolabe quadrants and a large number of other geographic
measuring devices are being used in the painting.
The painting is from Shahinshah-nama (History of the King
of Kings), an epic poem by 'Ala ad-Din Mansur-Shirazi, written in honor
of Sultan Murad III (reigned 1574-95 [AH 982-1003]).
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