- Museum number
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
- Production date
- 16thC(late) (?)
Height: 250 millimetres
Length: 80 millimetres (base)
Width: 63 millimetres (base)
- 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]
- Not on display
Latest: 4 (Nov 2016) Spots to be checked, verdigris, compass detached.
5 (Oct 1995) Verdigris on ink and pounce pots, inside drawer and inside base and instrument. Compass detached and missing glass and needle. Ink-pot carrier detachd from drawer front.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number