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crystal ball

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    SLCups.232

  • Description

    Rock crystal ball.

  • Date

    • 17th Century (? unknown and associated with Dee later in BM)
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 5.2 centimetres
  • Location

    On display: G1/fc20

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2016 11 Jan- 22 Jul, London, Royal College of Physicians, Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee.
    1997 30 May-7 Sep, Czech Republic, Prague, Prague Castle, Rudolph II and Prague
    1980 15 Mar-28 Sep, Italy, Florence, Instituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence and Medicean Tuscany

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1753

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    SLCups.232

Magic Mirror of Doctor Dee; obsidian; wood case covered in tooled leather with label in handwriting of Horace Walpole, quotation from a Samuel Butler poem.

Magic Mirror of Doctor Dee; obsidian; wood case covered in tooled leather with label in handwriting of Horace Walpole, quotation from a Samuel Butler poem.

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