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    A terrella

    Date
    ca.1661
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Dimensions
    height: 120mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    A terrella or 'little earth’: a naturally occuring magentized stone sphere, intended o simulate the magnetic field of the earth. Together with a metal presentation stand and plaque.

    Plaque inscribed: 'TERRELLA 17th Century Loaned by Royal Society'. Plaque installed by the Science Museum during a period of long term loan.
    Object history
    Presented to the Royal Society in January 1661 by King Charles II [MS/416, '11. Minerals, Earth, Stones Bitumens', folio 173].
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.8487
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