- Museum number
Lantern clock; single foliot; fixed dial; single moving hand; damascened case with borders and scrolling foliage; dated beneath base.
- Production date
Height: 13.75 inches
- Curator's comments
Japanese lantarn clock
An arrow rotates around the circular dial at the front to indicate one of the 12 units of traditional Japanese time. Can you see the bar under the lantern-shaped top ? Samll weights are moved along the teeth of this bar to make the clock run faster or slower. This was necessary because the length of th units changed depending on the time of year.
Steel, gold, silver, 1678
given by Gilbert Edger
(Label copy, 2017)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2000 24 Mar-26 Jun, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan Time'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Ilbert Collection of clocks, prints and other related material was destined to be sold at Christie's auction house on 6th-7th November 1958. As a result of the generous donation of funds by Gilbert Edgar CBE the sale was cancelled and the material purchased privately from the beneficiaries of the Ilbert Estate.NL1Ilbert's watches were then acquired with further funds from Gilbert Edgar CBE, public donations and government funds. These were then registered in the series 1958,1201.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.2032 (Ilbert Collection)