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Object Name Sundial
Catalog Number 1999.10.2
Collection Timepiece
Date 19th Century
Description Wooden Chinese equatorial sundial, a traditional Chinese form, uses a copper pin as a gnomon and a brass strut to incline the plate. A compass provides north/south alignment. Unlike western versions of this sundial, which list cities at each latitude for the proper inclination of the plate, Chinese sundials refer to the local chhi' or calendar system used in regions of different latitudes. Contained in a lacquered box with border decorations around top lid and Chinese characters in the center.
Maker unknown
Material wood, brass, copper, glass
Place of Origin China