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Monstrance clock

Date:
ca. 1570
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Case: gilt bronze; Dial: gilt brass; Movement: plated frame of iron, iron wheels
Dimensions:
H. 16 x Gr. W. 6-1/4 in. (40.6 x 15.9 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.639
  • Description

    In addition to showing the hours, the astrolabe dial of this clock (parts of which are now missing) was made to indicate the apparent motions of twenty-three stars in the northern hemisphere, the position of the sun and the moon in the zodiac, and the age and phase of the moon in its monthly cycle. The recessed ring encircling the chapter of hours gives the day of the year, saints’ days, and other calendrical information for the period beginning in 1570 and ending in 1610. The dial on top is for setting the alarm. The late Mannerist ornament of the case is characteristic of Nürnberg clocks. The finial is a nineteenth-century addition.

  • Provenance

    J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)

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