Hemisferium - Urania Propitia Compass Sundial | Peter's of Kensington

Urania Propitia Compass Sundial

Product Number: 640513

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For centuries, humankind has been fascinated with scientific discovery – from the early astronomical breakthroughs of Galileo Galilei, to modern advancements in digital technology. Now, with Hemisferium, you can revisit the dawn of modern science…

Driven by a spirit of inquisitiveness, development and scientific-historic investigation, Hemisferium has rediscovered the wisdom of the ancients to bring to a modern era. Their beautiful (and completely functional) collection of scientific instruments are faithful recreations of the tools that played a vital role in the golden age of Science.

This stunning Urania Propitia Compass Sundial is named for the first lady of early astronomy, Maria Cunitz. Renowned for her translations and explanations of Johannes Kepler’s work and the provision of new mathematical tables, Cunitz’s seminal work Urania Propitia redefined the standards of her age.

This brass Compass Sundial is modelled off the astronomical compendiums popular in Cunitz’s time, and features a fold out gnomon sundial that rests above a compass – simply point the compass towards north, and the gnomon will cast a shadow on the face of the sundial to tell the time. Elegantly crafted and exquisitely detailed, this piece is truly a collectable worth treasuring.

Hemisferium knows that some things are far too precious to lose to the sands of time…

  • Made in Spain.
  • Made from antique-look brass.
  • Beautifully detailed with extravagant filigree ornamentation on top of the case and inside.
  • The small case opens to reveal a folding gnomon sundial that lifts up to create a shadow on the inscribed circular face. Simply position the compass (which rests under the sundial) towards north to tell the time.
  • Modelled off Astronomical Compendiums popular in 16th century Europe.
  • Includes a pamphlet detailing the history of the piece and the method of operation.
  • Beautifully presented in a Hemisferium gift box.

  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 7 x 3cm (9 x 8.5 x 6.5cm when open).

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