A Beautiful Antique Astronomical Multitool

The Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy possesses this marvelous work of Sixteenth Century craftsmanship. It is an astronomical compendium, which is a collection of astronomical instruments. This example has three compartments. The first is an astrolabe with a lunar calendar. The second is a compass and sundial. The third consists of a horary quadrant and a shadow square.

The precise origins are unknown, but the instrument is marked in German. It was in the possession of the Grand Duke Ferdinand I de' Medici by 1595.

-via My Modern Met


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