Compass. Wooden disc with rounded back to fit into the well of a square, wooden board. Red thread fastened to one corner to align indicators on the compass. Hole in board center to lift compass. Radiating from compass: the eight trigrams; eight cyclical signs alternating with constellations; the beginning characters of the “Book of Changes” and signs of constellations; combinations of the twelve celestial stems and the ten earthen branches; the five elements, dates, etc. Disc rotates in board. Characters on it in red and black. Diameter: 20.4 cm; board: 23 cm square; height: 2.5 cm.
Ilse Martin Fang
Beijing, Beijing municipality, Northern China
Verbatim coll. place:
Manchu (Qing) Dynasty. 1644-1911. Purchased in Peking 1942.