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.
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globe: 8.26772 in.; 210 mm
- celestial globe
- visual and verbal communication
- globe - cartographic sphere
- natural sciences
- physical sciences