Compass, China or Japan, 1800-1920
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there is a belief that the surrounding environment impacts on the health of an individual. This compass is used to ensure that a person's house is positioned in harmony with the universe.
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Glossary: geomantic compass
A type of compass that is used in Feng-Shui (sometimes translated as geomancy). Feng-Shui is a traditional Chinese practise that aims to align energy in positive ways in living spaces and the landscape.