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pounce-pot / polyhedral dial / ink-pot / crucifix dial / compass-dial

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  • Description

    Crucifix dial; gilt brass; cross mounted on base, resting on plinth with ball feet; one side hinged; pivoted compass box set for N3E mounted on top of cross(glass missing); small drawer in base containing ink-pot and pounce-pot; a) volvelle linking solar and lunar times on front of cross with inscription and coat of arms; b) engraved crucifix, inscription, volvelle linking hours a.m. and p.m. with Italian hours inside back of cross; vertical sides engraved; planetary table on underside


  • Date

    • 16thC(late) (?)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 80 millimetres (base)
    • Width: 63 millimetres (base)
    • Height: 250 millimetres
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        TABEL LA EX qua cognoscitz quot horas et minuta nocturnus Lunae splen dor effici at
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  • Curator's comments

    It was not unusual for crucifix dials to be used as reliquaries, combining the useful purpose with the sacred.
    This instrument probably had a more profane design: one whole side can be lifted, to reveal another brass plate, a pair of drawers (probably an ink pot and a pounce pot) and another empty compartment.
    [I. Meliconi, EPACT 1998, http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/epact/catalogue.php?ENumber=76063]


  • Bibliography

    • Ward 1981 073 bibliographic details
    • EPACT 1998 http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/epact/catalogue.php?ENumber=76063 bibliographic details
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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