pounce-pot / polyhedral dial / ink-pot / crucifix dial / compass-dial
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
- 16thC(late) (?)
- Made in: Germany
- Length: 80 millimetres (base)
- Width: 63 millimetres (base)
- Height: 250 millimetres
Inscription ContentTABEL LA EX qua cognoscitz quot horas et minuta nocturnus Lunae splen dor effici at
Inscription ContentTABVLA DOMINII PLA NETARVM
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]
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Object reference number: MCC3260
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