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Pierre de Fobis, Clockwork armillary spher


Pierre de Fobis (ca. 1507-ca. 1580)
Clockwork armillary sphere, Lyons, 1540-1550
Paris, Collection Kugel

This is one of the most important astronomical clocks of the entire Renaissance. The sphere's countless functions (measuring time, illustrating planetary motion and so on) are driven by an extraordinarily complex mechanism. The engravings on the sphere are also of extremely fine quality.