Peking Observatory.

Date Created

1874

Identifier

University of Otago Library Special Collections: Double Oversize - DS 709 TF74
s43

Subject

Publisher

London : Sampson Low.

Description

"The instrument ... is of huge dimensions, cast in solid bronze, and is of the most beautiful workmanship. The stand of this piece of mechanism has a mythological significance, and its design is of remarkable artistic excellence. Four of the dragons, which play such an important part in Chinese geomancy, are there seen chained to the earth, and upholding the spheres. The perfect modelling and solidity of the metal proves that the art of casting was well understood in those days" (Thomson, 1874, v.IV, 11).

Extent

490 mm (width)

Spatial Coverage

Source

Illustrations of China and its people : a series of two hundred photographs with letterpress descriptive of the places and people represented / John Thomson (London : Sampson Low, 1873-1874), v.IV.

Is Part Of

Illustrations of China and its people : a series of two hundred photographs with letterpress descriptive of the places and people represented.

Files

s43.jpg

Citation

Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921, “Peking Observatory.,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed December 4, 2022, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/6010.