Armillary Sphere

Armillary Sphere

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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
place made
Italy
Measurements
overall: 42 cm x 22.2 cm; 16 17/32 in x 8 3/4 in
overall: 17 in x 8 1/8 in x 7 3/4 in; 43.18 cm x 20.6375 cm x 19.685 cm
ID Number
PH.319945
catalog number
319945
accession number
240011
subject
Astronomy
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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