Gerhard Emmoser / Celestial Globe with Clockwork / 16th century (1579)Gerhard Emmoser
Celestial Globe with Clockwork
16th century (1579)

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Creator Name: Emmoser, Gerhard
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: working 1556-died 1584
Creator Name-CRT: Gerhard Emmoser
Title: Celestial Globe with Clockwork
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1579
Creation End Date: 1579
Creation Date: 16th century (1579)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Materials and Techniques: Silver, partly gilded; brass
Dimensions: H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm), W. 8 in. (20.3 cm), D. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.190.636
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

This globe houses a movement made by Gerhard Emmoser, imperial clockmaker from 1566 until his death in 1584, who signed and dated the meridian ring. The movement, which has been extensively rebuilt, rotated in the celestial sphere and drove a small image of the sun along the path of the ecliptic. The hour was indicated on a dial mounted at the top of the globe's axis and the day of the year appeared on a calendar rotating in the instrument's horizon ring. The silver globe, with its exquisitely engraved constellations and Pegasus support, is the work of an anonymous goldsmith who was probably employed in the imperial workshops in Vienna or Prague.

AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.636
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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