Hourglasses

The presence of an hourglass in artwork from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance is often a symbol of the passage of time, and mortality; a sort of shorthand memento mori. Sandglasses were used in various situations: in churches, typically to time the sermon; on ships to time the length of the watches; in the kitchens of wealthy households, probably to help judge cooking times. They are often illustrated in scholars' studies where they served meditation, or simply helped judge the time of day. Sandglasses in this period were constructed from two matching glass ampoules sealed (often with wax or pitch) and bound with fabric at the joint. The 'sand' was usually a material less sensitive to moisture such as powdered metal, rock or eggshell. Buy your own Medieval Hourglass here at The Medieval Store.

Black Old World Hourglass

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Bronze Old World Hourglass

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