The compass opened the world to exploration and discovery. Invented in China about 200 BCE during the Han Dynasty, it was primarily used by feng-shui priests hired to advise on how and where to build. Today the compass is still a basic tool, a magnetized needle rotating on a vertical pin, that always points due North (to the North Pole). Sailors in the sixteenth century were accustomed to follow coastlines, but could now suddenly cross oceans. They could devise a compass course, while still using their age-old knowledge of steering by fixed stars, ocean currents and prevailing winds to establish position.
- 1 1/8" diameter - Box: 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" Sq. - Made of Brass - Made in India/China - Item: CO002
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