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Title
Chinese celestial globe, 1830
Clockdriven celestial globe by Qi Mei-lu of Wuyuan, China, 1830
Work Type
Astronomy
Date
1830
Location
Wuyuan
Material
brass (copper, zinc alloy); bronze (copper, tin alloy); gilding; steel (metal)
Measurements
overall: 340 mm 345 mm, 10.84kg
Description
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.
ID Number
co57130
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group - https://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Rights
The source metadata displayed in the Description field is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. All other source metadata is released under Creative Commons Zero - https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/. The image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.
File Properties
File Name
large_1988_1422__0003_.jpg
SSID
26312165

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