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Utility and beauty

This large and impressive armillary sphere is both a working instrument and a prestigious piece of furniture. Once set up for the user's latitude it can solve problems of spherical astronomy, such as the time of sunrise on any day of the year. The sculptural qualities of the finely modelled base emphasise that, like many other mathematical instruments in the gallery, this was also meant as a decorative object of display.

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Inventory No. 70229, "Armillary Sphere, Italian?, c. 1580" [1951-55]