Tibetan priest's time stick from Darjeeling, India, c late 19th century.

Image number: 10311387

Tibetan priest's time stick from Darjeeling, India, c late 19th century.

Detail showing gnomon positioned towards the top of the time stick. This column sundial time stick has eight sides, each of which shows a time scale which has been calculated according to the amount of daylight during the different months of the year. To find the time a metal style, or gnomon, is inserted into a hole at the top of the stick in line with the correct month. The stick is then turned to face the sun until the shadow of the gnomon falls straight down on the scale. The time is indicated by the bottom edge of the shadow on the scale. This time stick is of the sort traditionally used by a Tibetan priest in the Himalayan region and could also be used as a walking stick.

Image number:
10311387
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 23:45
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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