18th C. Atlas Armillary
- Made of Bronze, Nickel, and Aluminum
- Bronze, Sliver, and Brown Finish
- 22 in. Dia. x 10 in. H
An interesting mix of early science and Greek mythology: One of
the legendary Titans battling Zeus was defeated and decreed to
carry the weight of the world on his mighty shoulders. Our
armillary dial, however, has Atlas carrying the entire universe.
That's to say the known Renaissance universe, when the earth was
still believed to be at its center. Gracefully intertwined silver
rings symbolize the position and trajectories of heavenly bodies
around the earth. In all aspects ethereal, science combined with
beauty, myth with historic fact.