The Nebra Disk

The Nebra Sky Disk is, to date, the oldest known depiction of the sky and astronomical phenomena. It is an archaeological find discovered in 1999 on Mount Mittelberg, near Nebra (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). It is a bronze plaque with gold decorations, almost round, weighing about 2 kg and has a diameter of approximately 32 cm. It belongs to a culture of 3,600 years ago, whose skills were native.

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© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt (Foto: Juraj Lipták)

Some claim that it was an astronomical instrument, in which are represented the sun, the moon, and 32 points that can represent stars (the Pleiades and other constellations) and two opposing arcs coinciding with the position of the “portion” of horizon East and West on which the sun rises and sets throughout the year.

There is also a representation of an arc, which some call “solar boat” or “ship”, about whose meaning there is no definitive agreement.

Others consider is as a simple abstract representation of the sky, with some decorative or ritual value , it may be part of the decoration of a shield (was found with two swords).

Dating is complicated, because although it has been determined that the burial dates from around 1600 BC, it is difficult for scientists to verify the date of construction, which may have been much earlier.

The disk as we see it now has a different aspect of the original, which has gone through various stages:

Estados del disco a lo largo del tiempo. Foto:  LDA Sachsen-Anhalt
Estados del disco a lo largo del tiempo. Foto: LDA Sachsen-Anhalt

First: Representation of the sun, moon and 32 stars.
Second: Embedding two arcs on the horizon, (east-west).
Third: Overlay the “boat”.
Fourth: Drilling at the edges.

When it was buried, has missed one of the two horizon arcs.

Here you have the page of the museum where it is currently located:

http://www.himmelsscheibe-erleben.de/

And more:

http://www.lda-lsa.de/en/nebra_sky_disc/

http://allgriffs.blogspot.com.es/2012/06/nebra-sky-disc.html

Despite the lack of agreement and the many interpretations of its origin and function, it certainly is a valuable finding that has been included in the “Memory of the World” by Unesco.

Since we saw it a while ago we thought it was an object that had to decorate our house, and here is our interpretation.

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Made carved and painted by hand on an aluminum plate, a half scale. Has a diameter of 15 cm and is provided in a frame and protected with a front glass.

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References:

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_celeste_de_Nebra
http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-technology/secrets-nebra-sky-disc-001526

Restoration work. I

One of our readers asked us if we could help him  with some plaster friezes. They were old and some of the pieces were broken. As it was not possible to find the same ones, we made a silicone mold to make a couple of new pieces. (and assure the customer that he could do it again, or ask us to make more copies if necessary).

Here are some pictures of the process.

1. The box.

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2. Silicone mold and original piece.2

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3. First layer of plaster.

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4.Fiberglass to reinforce. The broken ones didn’t had any reinforcement..

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5. The last layer of plaster has slits for easy wall mounting.

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6. Copy (still fresh).

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7. Placed with its  “ancestors”, which obviously after a hundred years, they have another color … Nothing that can not be fixed in the next century …

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A gift for train enthusiasts

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We show you one of the last commissions that we have made.

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It’s a railway model of the Steam Locomotive RENFE 040 (PIKO) Epoch III. H0 scale.

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It is mounted on a methacrylate urn with an inscription that some colleagues have commissioned for the retirement of a fan of trains.

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Is mounted on a section of track, so that is still functional so that the recently retired still can play with it if he wants.

Thanks to our great friend Sebastián Salvador, for teaching us the little tricks of this world.

If you have any railway model enthusiast friend, this is the gift you guys were looking for.