Chinese celestial globe, 1830

Made:
1830 in Wuyuan

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Clockdriven celestial globe by Qi Mei-lu of Wuyuan, China, 1830, with horizon ring, pillars and base plus two keys. Marked with Chinese ascerisms.

Dated 1830, this celestial globe was made in Wuyuan, China by Qi Mei-lu. The metal globe depicts Chinese star patterns and is labelled in Chinese script. Inside the globe a clockwork mechanism turns the sphere in time with the Earth's rotation. The celestial globe is a three-dimensional model of the heavens on which the stars are plotted on the outside of a sphere. Originating in the Ancient World it was probably inspired by the discovery that the Earth was round. The globe could be used to teach and demonstrate various astronomical principles.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1988-1422
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), bronze (copper, tin alloy), gilding and steel (metal)
Measurements:
globe: 8.26772 in.; 210 mm
type:
celestial globe
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences