1:24 scale model of the zodiacal dials (Rashivalaya Yantra) at the Jaipur Observatory, India

Made:
1728-1734 (original); 1884-1886 (model) in Jaipur
designer:
Jai Singh
and
Jai Singh
and

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Jaipur model, Model of zodiacal dials (Rashmalaya) in the Jaipur observatory. Full 3/4 view, black background.
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Jaipur model, Model of zodiacal dials (Rashmalaya) in the Jaipur observatory. Detail view.
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Jaipur model, Model of zodiacal dials (Rashmalaya) in the Jaipur observatory. Detail view of figure.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Jaipur model, Model of zodiacal dials (Rashmalaya) in the Jaipur observatory. Detail view.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Jaipur model, Model of zodiacal dials (Rashmalaya) in the Jaipur observatory. Detail view.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Jaipur model, Model of zodiacal dials (Rashmalaya) in the Jaipur observatory. Detail view.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Jaipur model, Model of zodiacal dials (Rashmalaya) in the Jaipur observatory. Detail view of figure.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Damaged figure from model (scale 1:24) of the 12 Zodiacal Dials (Rashnalaya), part of the astronomical instruments
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Damaged figure from model (scale 1:24) of the 12 Zodiacal Dials (Rashnalaya), part of the astronomical instruments
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model (scale 1:24) of the 12 Zodiacal Dials (Rashivalaya Yantra), part of the astronomical instruments (1728-1734) built at the Jaipur observatory, Jaipur, India, unsigned, 1884-1886. Used to measure the celestial co-ordinates of the stars and planets with respect to the ecliptic (zodiac). Exhibited at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, White City, London, England, 1886.

This is one of a series of models made 1884-6, showing the astronomical instruments of the Jaipur Observatory, India. These were exhibited in 1886 at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London. Built of masonry the Jaipur instruments were used to accurately measure the position of the Sun, stars, moon and planets. Lacking telescopes these devices used naked eye sights and massive, but precise construction. Known as Rashnalaya (Zodical Dials), they were built and designed under the supervision of Maharajah jai Singh II. Finding European, Islamic and Hindu astronomical tables inaccurate, Singh decided to make his own observations to improve matters. As ruler of Rajastan, he built several observatories starting in 1724 with one near Delhi.

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Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1887-2
Materials:
paint, paper (fibre product), wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
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type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
  • visual and verbal communication
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • timepiece
credit:
Colonial and Indian Exhibition (1886)
status:
Loan

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