They Wore the Universe Round Their Fingers… | Haute Macabre

They Wore the Universe Round Their Fingers…

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour…”
–William Blake, from “Auguries of Innocence”


We’re spellbound by this 16th century gold ring that unfolds to reveal an ornate astronomical sphere. It’s part of the collection of the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm.



Surely it would be practical to have the whole universe in your hand? It is possible with this German 16th-century ring that can be folded out into an astronomical sphere! When you finish your plan studies, you just fold it back together.

[via /r//ArtefactPorn]

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