Horizontal Compass Dial (Brass)

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    • Bronze, enamel, glass, iron

      Late 19th century, China

      As with the dial at left, the hours here are marked on an arc, but this dial uses a string rather than a pin to cast the shadow. In Chinese instruments, the compass is arranged for the needle to point south instead of north, European style. The ornamental upright piece folds down for convenient carrying.

      AMNH Hayden Planetarium Collection 4878

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