Armillary Sphere with 3” centre globe (representing the Earth or the Sun). The supporting base is 9″ dia (making it sturdy, solid and balanced). The rings are 14″in diameter (for the Latitude and Longitude pathways). This medium size is most popular, being big enough to be noticed but not so large as it is difficult to place. This Armillary Sphere has an Antique Brass Finish allowing it to blend with most surroundings without being lost or otherwise too dominating.
An armillary sphere (sometimes called spherical astrolabe, armilla, or armil ), is a model of objects in the sky (in the celestial sphere), consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centred on Earth or the Sun, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features such as the ecliptic. It differs from a celestial globe, which is a smooth sphere whose principal purpose is to map the constellations. It was invented separately in ancient Greece and ancient China, and later used in the Islamic world and Medieval Europe.
This Armillary Sphere is a very useful as an item of interest. It can change or create the mood of a room or setting. Displayed on a table, a bench, a Pedestal, or built into an outdoor room or garden, it will generate interesting conversation. Those that know and understand the workings of objects like this will have a ready platform, “to hold the floor” and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. Having said that, the main purpose is for it to be used to make a statement. To fill a corner or carry your eyes to from one interesting setting to the next.