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Tripod base
    • Setting:
      Room VI
    • Maker:
    • Place:
    • Date:
      16th cent.
    • Materials:
      wood, gilt brass
    • Dimensions:
      diameter 175 mm, max. height 800 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Tripod base (Inv. 2538)

Horizontal base for holding one or more measuring instruments. There are holes for inserting the three extensible legs inv. 2538. There is also a large central opening in which two wooden circular sectors are fitted. Between them runs a cursor carrying a hook for a plumb line. The ornamentation suggests the item formed part of a box of mining instruments. Brought to Florence from Germany by Prince Mattias de' Medici in the first half of the seventeenth century.

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