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Diptych Dial
Signed by Paul Reinmann
Dated 1607; Nuremberg
Ivory and brass; 142 x 112 x 17 mm

This unusually large and elaborate diptych dial made in 1607 is one of the last recorded instruments of the very productive Nuremberg maker Paul Reinmann who died on 1 January 1609.

The instrument contains a wind rose, two pin gnomon dials showing Babylonian hours and the length of the day in hours respectively, a latitude list of 99 European cities, a horizontal string gnomon dial for different latitudes, two scaphe pin gnomon dials for Babylonian and Italian hours respectively, and a very fine set of volvelles consisting of a calendar with the names of 81 Christian saints and feast days and scales for the conversion of lunar into solar time.

British Museum, London
Registration no. MLA 1888,12-1.285

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