Set of Geometric Solids, English, c. 1700
|Inventory Number:|| 21777|
|Object Type:|| |
|Place Created:|| England United Kingdom Europe
|Brief Description:||English set of geometric solids made of boxwood, with a mahogany box. Unsigned and undated; c.1700. |
A loose piece of paper, inside the box is inscribed: "D. D. Francisus Burke A. M. Alumnus".
This "... Sett of Sollid Bodys ...", as Thomas Wright called it in his catalogue of 1731, includes 3 tetrahedrons, 10 cubes of various sizes, 3 bisected cubes, 5 quarters and 1 eighth of a cube, 1 octahedron, 2 dodecahedrons, 2 icosahedrons, 2 conic sections, 1 dissected scalene prism, and 1 prismatic body.
Sets of this sort were used for teaching and learning geometry.
|Provenance:||Lent by Christ Church, Oxford in 1925.
Associated with Francisus Burke A.M. Alumnus.|
|Collection Group:||Orrery Collection|