Ashadar stick

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made in Nepal

Postcard of Ashadar stick.
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Ashadar stick

An ashadar stick is a form of column sundial. This wooden example was made in Nepal in the 19th century.

The ashadar consists of an octagonal tapering stick with scales for each month, together with an index rod attached by a cord.

In use, the stick is held vertical and the index rod is passed through the appropriate hole in the stick to cast the shadow of the sun over the inscribed hours.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-695-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1956.97
Date: 19th century
Dimensions: 53.00" L
What: Time stick, Nepalese
Subject: 20. TIME MEASUREMENT, Sundials (Departmental Classification)
Who: Mrs Agnes S. Christison (Donor of item to Art Department)
Where: Nepal
Description: Nepalese time stick, consisting of an octagonal tapering stick with an index rod attached by a cord, 19th century
  • Sarma, S. R., 'Indian astronomical dial and time-measuring instruments: a catalogue in preparation' in Indian Journal of History of Science 29 (1994), pp 507-28, esp p 516 
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