Set of mathematical instruments, c 1701.

Image number: 10302639

Set of mathematical instruments, c 1701.

This set of mathematical instruments was made by Dominicus Lusuerg of Rome. The range of this set of instruments is unusually extensive, from ordinary dividers to a geometric quadrant. It also includes a circle of degrees with pointers in the shape of grotesque masks, a universal sundial and a set of 'Napier's Rods'. Sets such as this would have been made to order for a wealthy client and were regarded more as an adornment and status symbol than as tools for practitioners.

Image number:
10302639
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 13:32
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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