Brass Armillary Sphere 135mm – Small SKU: WG 103

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Partnering the world globes are our armillary spheres. Like their cousin the celestial globe, these were vital navigation tools of old sea captains and pirates, using the stars above and their relationship to the Sun or Earth to chart their journey, not across but around the oceans and seas of the world.

The armillary sphere originated in ancient Greece, where it was used primarily as a teaching instrument, although bigger versions were used as observational tools. Originally, the sphere in the center of the instrument represented the Earth, according to the Ptolemaic model of the universe, but as the Copernican model grew more influential, the sphere came to represent the sun. Often, armillary spheres were built in pairs, with one representing each model, to teach the differences between the two.

From the late medieval period, numerous artistic representations have survived that show the South Pole extending downwards to form a handle. That style of armillary sphere persisted through to the early modern era, but in the 16th and 17th centuries, it became more common for them to be built with stands and cradles along with a horizon ring.

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Additional Information

Brand: Vintage World Australia

Product Name: World Globe – Brass Armillary Zodiac (Mini)

Model #: WG 103

Materials:Brass, recycled and treated mango wood

Key Attributes:Hand Crafted,  Decorative, Antique  Finish

Uses:Home Decor, Gift, Souvenir, Collectable, History, Art and Craft.

Product Dimensions:95DIA x 135H mm (Approx)

Product Weight:325 g (approx)

Shipped From:Melbourne (AUSTRALIA)

Shipping Provider:Australia Post & All Major Courier services

Additional Delivery Information: Order Processing 2 – 5 Business Days, having trouble finalising your order or for express shipping, please call/text on  0421960234.

Returns:Easy Return & Exchange – 14 Days from Date of Purchase

Disclaimer:All of our items are  handmade (HANDCRAFTED) by master artisans who employ techniques (TOOLS) and traditions that are often centuries old. Some natural blemishes or imperfections are to be expected. These are not product flaws. Instead, they are precisely what make these pieces so extraordinary and beautiful.


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