Chinese magnetic compass from about 1900

Chinese magnetic compass from about 1900

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Caption: Chinese magnetic compass and calendar. Magnetic compass made in China in about 1900. The pivoted, magnetised needle at centre is surrounded by Chinese characters which give the name of a year (outermost ring) and assign astrological characters (inner rings) to them. The needle will align itself with the local lines of magnetic force to indicate the direction of the north and south magnetic poles. The calendar gives the names for years during a 60 year cycle.

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Keywords: astrology, chinese, chinese compass, compass, historical, history of science, magnetic, magnetic compass, magnetism, physics, technology

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