Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Table clock with skeleton movement

mid-16th century or earlier
Case and dial: gilded brass; Movement: skeleton-type, iron; gilt bronze
Overall: 1 5/8 × 2 1/2 in. (4.1 × 6.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
This variety of small, portable timekeeper, which was made for many years, was probably intended to be carried with or on the person. The type existed as early as the middle of the fifteenth century and therefore may be regarded as a forerunner of the watch. The iron wheel-balance of this one is missing
Inscription: Engraved to left of woman: LVCRECIA
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim (until 1929; to MMA)
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