Astronomers in China, 18th-century tapestry

Astronomers in China, 18th-century tapestry

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Caption: Astronomers in China, 18th-century tapestry. Standing with his hand on the globe at lower left is the Chinese emperor (the Shunzhi Emperor of the Qing dynasty); the bearded man next to him is German Jesuit priest Father Johann Adam Schall von Bell (1592-1666), director of the Imperial Observatory in Beijing. Equipment in use includes a globe, a telescope, and an ecliptic armillary sphere. This tapestry is part of the series 'The Story of the Emperor of China', produced in France by the Beauvais Manufactory under the direction of Philippe Behagle, based on drawings by Guy-Louis Vernansal, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer and Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay. The tapestry was produced in Beauvais, France, in the period 1697 to 1705. Made from wool and silk, it measures 3.18 by 4.24 metres. It is part of the collections held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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