Hand-carved in Italy, this beautiful marble sundial has a turned iron gnomon that mirrors a thin twisted rope molding along the outer edges. Beneath the gnomon attachment are colored inserts that form a blue, red, yellow, and green compass rose, providing a colorful contrast to the cream marble with subtle tan and gray veining.
As the earth rotates on its axis, the gnomon casts a shadow onto the marble which is incised with Roman Numerals on a stylized scroll. Directly under the tip of the angled gnomon is “XII”, indicating noon. The numbers to the left of XII run counterclockwise, starting with “VI”. On the opposite side, the numerals continue in a counterclockwise manner, terminating in a second “VI” (which would be PM if the sundial is orientated properly). In the lower corners of the marble are two inset brown medallions, each incised with a fleur de lys, or the “Giglio of Florence”. The back of the sundial has been left in its natural marble state.
This carved Italian marble sundial is a lovely architectural that can instantly embellish any outdoor setting or garden. To function as an accurate timepiece, the gnomon must be aligned with True North (for use in North America), however a sundial only measures sun time and not actual clock time.
CONDITION: Good condition with fleabites and minor loss in top left corner. Light oxidation to iron gnomon.