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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Historical Chinese globes are very rare, they only exist in collections in Beijing, London, and Vienna. They are evidence of Western scientific tradition at the court of the Chinese emperor.

History of the Object
The globe at the MAK shows the continents and countries in enamel on a silver sphere. Noteworthy is the inverted north-south orientation. The Austrian legate A. von Rosthorn purchased this globe from an antique dealer in Beijing in 1902. It is supposed to have derived from the imperial palace.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silver, chased and engraved, with description of the continents in enamel applications 
Measurements
Depth 28 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), ca. 1800 
Function
Globe 
Acquisition
1939, acquired from A. von Rosthorn 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Georg Mayer 
Owner
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Museum
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Credit line
MAK 

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