467 of 520
Sorted by:
Instrument type

Scaphe Dial
Signed by Georg Hartmann
Dated 1539; Nuremberg
Gilt brass; 151 mm in diameter

The scaphe had at the bottom a compass (missing) with the indication of the cardinal points 'SEP:', 'OR:', 'ME:' and 'OCC:' engraved on the brass in a circle around the compass.

The gnomon, which appears to be a modern replacement, is inclined for 48? latitude, as indicated by the inscription on the border of the scaphe 'POLVS GRA: 48'. The dial indicates common hours marked IIII to XII to VIII, Italian hours marked 9 to 24 and the declination of the Sun by the symbols of the zodiacal signs.

On the border of the scaphe is also the signature 'GEORGIVS HARTMANN NOREMBERGE FACIEBAT ANNO 1539'. The instrument is in brass and has traces of gilding on the inner surface.

Ilaria Meliconi

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Inventory number 46540

© Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. All rights reserved. Information and images provided here may not be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the museum.

Basic URL:

|| Introduction || Essay || Museums || Bibliography || Conventions || Credits || Privacy || Help ||
|Catalogue entries |Handlist || Makers || Places || Articles || Glossary || Search || Home ||