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Celestial Globe


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Description Stars shine on the surface of this globe, which depicts the constellations in the sky as though seen from above, rather than from the surface of the earth. For this reason, constellations like the “Big Dipper” (Ursa Major) near the north pole appear backwards. Scientists used the globe to calculate various astronomical and astrological data. While the positions of the stars allow us to calculate the general time period the globe was made, an Arabic inscription in the Southern Hemisphere dates the object using three different calendar systems: the Islamic calendar (Hijri), the Zoroastrian (ancient Persian religion) calendar, and one based on the death of Alexander the Great.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/19/1958Treatmentcleaned; coated
Exhibitions
  • To the Ends of the Earth with Early Explorers. The Newark Museum, Newark. 1955.
  • The World Encompassed; An Exhibition of the History of Maps Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1952.
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
  • Islamic Insights. Katonah Gallery, Katonah. 1980.
  • The Heritage of Islam. Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston; California Academy of Sciences Museum, San Francisco; Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. 1982-1984.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928

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Creators
Period
1646/47
Medium
copper alloy with silver inlay
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.712
Measurements
Diam: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)

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