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Mangaran (active 1859-76)

Equatorial sundial 1875-76

Silver, steel | 16.2 x 15 x 11.3 cm (open, flaps raised, etc) | RCIN 11215

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This sundial has two time measures, one measures 60-minute hours and the second measures 24-minute ghatis, a measure of time based on Indian astronomy. Brass sundials of this design exist in several collections; however the use of silver marks this example out as a presentation piece. The highly reflective silver sheet makes it difficult to get a precise reading of time.