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Sundials and Armillaries

Wall mounted sundials and armillaries have adorned classic Italian and French buildings for centuries

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The earliest Sundials known from the archaeological record are the obelisks (3500 bc) and shadow clocks (1500 BC) from ancient Egyptian astronomy. In roughly 700 BC, the old testament describes a sundial — the "dial of Ahaz". The Roman writer Vitruvius lists dials and shadow clocks known at that time.

The Sundials are often adorned by grotesque masks, acanthus leaves, scrolls and swags. In its simplest form, it consists of a ring fixed in the plane of the equator. The Sundial is one of the most ancient of astronomical instruments.
 

The Armillary is one of the most ancient of astronomical instruments.The earliest Sundials known from the archaeological records are the obelisks (3500 bc) and shadow clocks (1500 BC) from ancient Egyptian astronomy. In roughly 700 BC, the old testament describes a sundial — the "dial of Ahaz". The Roman writer Vitruvius lists dials and shadow clocks known at that time.

The spherical astrolabe is often placed on a pedestal and adorned by grotesque masks, acanthus leaves, scrolls and swags. In its' simplest form, it consists of a ring fixed in the plane of the equator. 

 

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