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Astronomical compendium
    • Setting:
      Room II
    • Maker:
    • Place:
    • Date:
      late 16th cent.
    • Materials:
      silvered and gilt brass
    • Dimensions:
      closed: 86x86 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Astronomical compendium (Inv. 2478)
    • Astronomical compendium (Inv. 2478)

Astronomical compendium consisting of a box with three compartments. In the first, there is an astrolabe and a lunar calendar. Between the first and second compartment is an hour circle. The second compartment houses a sundial and a magnetic compass for orientation. The third compartment contains the Horae planetarum table and an horary quadrant with a shadow square. The markings are in German. The finely engraved instrument is already recorded in the 1595 inventory of the belongings of Grand Duke Ferdinand I de' Medici.