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dc.contributor.authorKapoor, R. C-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Astronomical History and Heritage, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 273‒293en_US
dc.descriptionOpen Accessen_US
dc.description.abstractIn the Theodore M. Davis Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York there are two seventeenth century Persian paintings by Muhammad Zaman and Ali Quli Jubbahdar that depict comets or fireballs. From the inscriptions on them, the paintings were dated and on that basis the comets identified as those seen in the years CE 1664/1665 and CE 1674/1675 respectively. I find these identifications in error and suggest instead the bright comet of CE 1652 and the Great Comet of CE 1668 as the probable ones or that both paintings actually depict fireballs rather than comets. Both the paintings depict celestial objects with tails, and are most likely based on astronomical observations. Such a connection between astronomical knowledge and art was not common in the Middle East and India during the Medieval and Early Modern Periods.en_US
dc.publisherNational Astronomical Research Institute of Thailanden_US
dc.subjectComet of 1652en_US
dc.subjectGreat comet of 1668en_US
dc.subjectAstronomy in arten_US
dc.subjectMedieval persian paintingsen_US
dc.subjectMuḥammad Zamanen_US
dc.subjectAli Quli Jubbahdaren_US
dc.subjectAstronomy in seventeenth century persiaen_US
dc.titleOn two seventeenth century persian paintings depicting comets or fireballsen_US
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