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Antique Chinese Sundial
Antique Chinese Sundial
Antique Chinese Sundial
Antique Chinese Sundial

Antique Chinese Sundial

Denver Public Art 1%

Identifier:
1966.1.1
Description
Chinese style quartz sundial. The sundial is a replica of the original that was installed in 1941. The the polar chart at its base features Western astrological signs. The chart also includes an explanation of how to calculate the hour based on the position of the gnomon’s shadow. Lastly, there’s also an unmissable clue to one of the more curious features of a sundial like this one. Due to the Earth’s rotation around the sun, the time’s display location changes with the season. The top side of the sundial reads “In summer on this side ~” and the reverse “~ in winter here I mark the hours.” With the coming restoration, it is certain to mark many more.