Vintage bronze large round sundial with compass points in the center. Substantial gnomon with engraved roman numerals and makers stamp on face plate. Beautifully weathered with a verdigris patina.
Imported from Norfolk England.
Sundials are one of the oldest tools for measuring time. The Egyptians used a shadow stick or shadow clock as early as 1500 BC. The vertical stick or "gnomon" marked the time of day by the length and position of the stick's shadow. Gnomon in Greek means "the one that knows".
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