Antique 18th-19th century ottoman Islamic brass Qibla indicator and sundial, of round form, and affix with suspension ring. The face engraved with toponyms in Arabic and zodiac symbols. The sundial component is mounted with the folded triangle - form gnomen and a swiveling pin.
This compass and sundial was used by the Muslim faithful to locate qibla, or sacred direction towards the Ka'aba in Mecca for sholat (prayers). The sundial component was used for determining the time and thus the correct time for sholat.
An almost identical Ottoman brass Qibla indicator and sundial, is in the collection of the Debbane Palace museum. Qasr Debbane, Dar Ali Agha al-Hammud, and Dar Debbané in Sidon, Lebanon.
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Diameter: 14.5 cm (5.71 inches).
High: 2.3 cm (0.91 inches).
CONDITION: Showing age and usage with an old patina, no repairs, or restorations.