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Cartouche below Eridanus
Celestial table globe. It forms a pair with the terrestrial globe, Oterschaden GLB0119. Astronomical details on the sphere include a magnitude table in front of Ursa Major. The Milky Way is drawn but not labelled, and two stars and one star group are named. The 48 Ptolemaic constellations are drawn and one non-Ptolemaic constellation is drawn. The style of the constellations includes Bootes depicted with hunting dogs, an unidentified youth located at the end of Eridanus and Antinous is drawn in the so-called Demongenet style.
The date of this pair of globes is based on the dedication to the Bishop of Comminges, who was in office from 1580 to 1613. That Oterschaden worked in a French sphere of influence is further indicated by the fact that the cartography of his celestial globe appears to be close to that of the globes made by Francois Demongenet during the 1560s. Demongenet, who died before 1592, was a mathematician who lived in Vesoul.
- Image reference: F1009
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection