Start a conversation centuries in the making with this reproduction of an authentic astrolabe. Modeled after an astronomical instrument designed by mathematician Juan de Rojas in 1550, this working, brass-plated replica makes a striking statement displayed on a desk or library shelf. The principles of the astrolabe—used to study the stars at a particular time and place—date to as early as 400 CE, developed in the Islamic world and later applied to navigation. Infused with scientific history, this decorative device will delight any card-carrying astronomy geek or instrument aficionado. Includes a sapelli wood display stand. Made in Spain.