Astrological Compass

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    • Lacquered wood

      19th century, China

      In China, south was the most important direction. Specialists in feng shui used the central compass to find advantageously oriented sites to place graves, homes and other structures. Characters on the rings surrounding the compass relate to directions, astrology and the calendar.

      AMNH Hayden Planetarium Collection 5271

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