“La Terre / Globe”
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“La Terre / Globe”

Large sphere, made of painted papier-maché with a physical geography map of the earth’s surface, indicating its different places and parts with text in French. It is traversed by a north-south axis with the inclination of the earth, which rotates with the aid of a metal wheel at the bottom, supported at each end on a wooden semi-meridian. The globe rests on an iron foot in the form of a tripod.

Globes were used in Geography classes not only to illustrate the shape and the parts of the earth, but also for calculating the longitude and latitude of a particular place. If you knew the time where you were, the globe could also be used to calculate the time anywhere else on earth.

Dimensions:
110x160x110 cm 
Medium/support:
Papier-maché, lithographed paper, iron 
Cultural context:
Circa1880 
Artist:
Unknown