Museo Galileo
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Box for mathematical instruments
    • Setting:
      Room VI
    • Maker:
    • Date:
      18th cent.
    • Materials:
      box: wood; instruments: brass
    • Dimensions:
      650x400x90 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Box for mathematical instruments (Inv. 597)
    • Box for mathematical instruments (Inv. 597)

This elegantly decorated box, complete with lock and key, is divided into sixteen compartments. It contains an instrument for drawing ellipses, with its components (tips, keys, steel screws, arms with sliding cursors, and X-shaped base); a gunner's quadrant with folding graduated rod; three rulers (two for plotting parallel lines and one plain ruler); an instrument for measuring angles; and some accessories (screws, pins, tips, and a molded head).