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Chinese fire clock


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Collection Timekeeping, Other horological instruments
Gallery locationROG (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID ZAA0758
Description Chinese fire clock in the shape of a dragon made of black and gilt lacquered wood and gesso. A trough along the centre would contain a burning incense stick which would gradually burn through threads placed successively along the length of the trough. The metal weights on either end of these threads would then fall at regular intervals, dropping onto a metal tray and causing a 'clang' and creating a regular time signal.
Date made Early 19th century

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Foulkes Collection
Materials Metal; wood
Measurements Overall: 150 x 695 x 45 mm
  • Chinese fire clock (ZAA0758)
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