Accession No

3188


Brief Description

pseudo-equinoctial dial, by Fang Xiu-shui, Chinese, 19th Century


Origin

China; Anhui province; Huizhou Prefecture; Xiuning County


Maker

Xiu-Shui, Fang


Class

dials


Earliest Date

Jan. 1, 1800


Latest Date

Dec. 31, 1900


Inscription Date


Material

wood (boxwood); metal (brass); glass


Dimensions


Special Collection


Provenance


Inscription

‘Fang Xiu-shui Xing-An Xiu-Yi’ (leaf IIb)
[makers name] + [district] + [village]


Description Notes

Boxwood base plate with hinged inclining leaf. Reverse inscribed with signature. Inset compass with two surrounding scales, one divided to 8, the other to 24; meridian line; glass held in place by red ring (plastic or rubber). Declination ladder scale for arm supporting inclining plate. Inclining plate with inscribed circle divided to 12 and subdivided to 8 in each section. Folding brass pin gnomon. Instructions for use on base.


References

Joshua Nall; ‘Copycat sundials?’; Explore Whipple Collections online article; Whipple Museum of the History of Science; University of Cambridge; 2020: https://www.whipplemuseum.cam.ac.uk/explore-whipple-collections/astronomy-and-empire/local-knowledge/copycat-sundials


Events


FM:39731

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