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Horizontal Dial
Signed by Ulrich Schniep
Dated 1570; Munich
Gilt and silvered brass; 63 x 50 x 11 mm

As with other similar instruments by Ulrich Schniep, the outer faces of this sundial are devoted to decoration (see also Epact 81899). In this case, the cover carries an engraving of the god Mercury framed between two architectural columns.

Inside, there are two sundials, one a horizontal pin gnomon sundial and the other a horizontal string gnomon sundial. The latter provides the time in ordinary equal hours; the pin gnomon dial gives the time in Italian hours and also indicates the length of the day and night throughout the year.

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Inventory number 42561

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