Coronavirus (COVID-19) While museums are closed, the Science and Society Picture Library prints site is fully operational and we have added an FAQ page here.

Geomantic feng shui compas, Chinese.

Geomantic feng shui compas, Chinese.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Geomancy is the art of siting builidings auspiciously. The Chinese geomantic system is known as feng shui. In Chinese thought, feng shui is a system of good and evil influences in the natural surroundings, which is taken into consideration when designing and siting buildings. Geomantic compases consist of bands of concentric rings arranged around a magnetic needle. The most important of these, the 24 directions ring (third from the centre), is used to determine the facing direction of a site. These compases were used to find the most healthy position to build a house, so that the forces of Yin and Yang were balanced correctly, reducing the chance of illnes. This one is made of wood.

Image Details

Image Ref.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas