Lo p’an

The Fēng Shuĭ compass is still used today. Its origins lie in the belief that the world is governed by the forces of Heaven and Earth. Positive energy (chi) can be channeled into buildings to promote harmony and good health.

Object Summary

Museum Number E458
Simple Name compass
Full Name alignment aid
Common Name lo p’an
Production country China, People's Republic of
Material wood; metal
Collection class Scientific instruments
Collection continent Asia
Production continent Asia
Production year high 1850
Inscription transcription Chinese compass - Presented by R Maynard Esq. Jan 15 1850
Function name geomancer’s board
Function detail Not a magnetic compass used as an aid in navigation