Planetary volvelle for the Sun, Germany, 1574-1575

Made:
1574-1575 in Germany
maker:
Leonhardt Thurneisser

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Printed paper volvelle, one of two, for the Sun, framed, published by Leonhardt Thurneisser, Germany, 1574-1575

A volvelle is a series of movable discs used to calculate the position and phases of the planets or the rising and setting of the Sun. This volvelle is used to calculate the position of the Sun in the period 1575-1580. Astrology was important for some medical traditions such as Paracelsian medicine. It was believed that the planets could influence the body and the humours. It was also believed that the positioning of the planets could determine the most opportune time for treatment.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1979-405/1
Materials:
metal (unknown), paper (fibre product)
Measurements:
overall (framed, as displayed): 682 mm x 538 mm x 45 mm, 4.23 kg
type:
volvelle
status:
Permanent collection

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