Upper Leaf of Sundial, Ivory with paint and gilding, German

Upper Leaf of Sundial

ca. 1500
Made in Nuremberg, Germany
Ivory with paint and gilding
Overall: 3 5/8 x 2 7/8 x 3/16 in. (9.2 x 7.3 x 0.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers and Director's Discretionary Fund, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
This plaque formed the top half of a folding portable sundial, a type of timepiece made exclusively in Nuremberg at the beginning of the 16th century. The carving on the outside is probably based on a German print. Children's games such as this were often associated with the passage of time, the seasons and the weather.
Laila Gross, New York; [ Blumka Gallery, New York (sold 1987)]
Gouk, Penelope. The Ivory Sundials of Nuremberg 1500–1700. Cambridge: Whipple Museum of the History of Science, 1988. p. 29, fig. 28.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent Acquisitions, 1987-1988 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1988). p. 21.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Eighteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1987, through June 30, 1988." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 118 (1988). p. 33.

Gouk, Penelope. "Nuremberg Diptych Sundials: Historical Introduction." In Ivory Diptych Sundials, 1570–1750, edited by Steven A. Lloyd. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1992. p. 35 n. 13.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 242, pp. 200–201.