Compass, China or Japan, 1800-1920

Made:
1800-1920 in China
maker:
Unknown

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Compass from China or Japan, 1800-1920. Plan view of front. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Compass from China or Japan, 1800-1920. Plan view of back. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Compass, from China or Japan, 1800-1920

In Traditional Chinese Medicine there is a belief that the surrounding environment impacts on the health of an individual. This compass is used to ensure that a person's house is positioned in harmony with the universe.

Details

Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A604027
Materials:
glass, metal (unknown), paint, steel (metal), varnish, wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (standing up right): height = 30 mm x diameter = 400 mm, 0.966 kg
overall weight: x x , , .97kg
type:
geomantic compass
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • magnetic compass
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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