Long before the existence of mechanical clocks, sundials enjoyed of great popularity. The science responsible for the study of these dials (Gnomonic) had gained wide experience by studying for centuries the apparent movement of the sun over a whole year around the earth. One of these early achievements was constituted this sundial called "shepherd", being more precisely they who used it during their long hours of grazing and transhumance. These ones were portable, easy to use, since only was to put the rod or gnomon on the date of measurement (all wore a calendar) and place the dial directly from the sun, the length of the shadow in this case, which it provided sun hour and thus better understand the time to go looking for a shelter for his flock. The model that we reproduce is a replica of which is preserved in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and dated in 1548.
It is made of wood, and is accompanied by a manual with its history and usage instructions.
We have two finishes:
With a lovely print on paper representing Urania, muse of astronomy
With a brass plaque engraved with noble shield
Height: 15.5 cm
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