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Diptych sundial (closed)

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made in Nuremburg, Germany

Diptych sundial (closed)
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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 closed) was made in 1617, by Lienhart Miler of Nuremburg in Germany.

The photograph shows the outside of the lid, which has a wine rose with 16 directions labelled in German, and a sun-face motif at the centre. The wind vane is missing.

Many diptych sundials were designed to give a wind direction, because often this dictates prevailing weather conditions, especially in the middle of a large land-mass, such as Europe.

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