Armillary Sphere

Description
A bronze figure of Atlas supports an iron semicircular band. This, in turn, supports the brass armillary sphere with the usual meridian, equator, tropics, polar circles, ecliptic, and a horizon engraved with a zodiac calendar. The style of this instrument, as well as the position of the vernal point (around 9.75 March), suggests that it was made in Italy in the late 16th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
armilllary sphere
date made
16th century
Measurements
overall: 42 cm x 22.2 cm; 16 17/32 in x 8 3/4 in
place made
Italia
ID Number
PH*319945
catalog number
319945
accession number
240011
subject
Measuring & Mapping
Astronomy
Globes
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Globes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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