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Diptych dial
    • Setting:
      Room II
    • Maker:
      unknown
    • Place:
      German
    • Date:
      mid-17th cent.
    • Materials:
      ivory
    • Dimensions:
      52x35 mm
    • Inventory:
      2469
    • Diptych dial (Inv. 2469)

A tiny rectangular box, probably made in Germany. A string connects the lid to the base, in which is inserted a compass for orienting the dial. The string's shadow, cast on the hour lines, shows the hours. Two sundials are marked on the inside of the lid and on the base. The compass is flanked by etchings of two faces. Provenance: Medici collections.

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