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Diptych sundial (open)

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made in Nuremburg, Germany

Diptych sundial (open)
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Diptych sundials have two plates hinged together, and in use open out to form a right angle, with the string hinge operating as a gnomon. This ivory example (pictured here open) was made in 1617, by Lienhart Miler of Nuremburg in Germany.

The inside of the base has a sunk compass and is engraved with a horizontal dial with Italian and Babylonian hours, and the inscription 'LIENHART MILER 1617'. The lid has a vertical dial and a pin gnomon dial with 'QVANTITAS DIEI' ['Length of the day'].

In the 16th century ivory diptych sundials came from three main centres: Nuremburg and Augsberg in Germany, and Dieppe in France.

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