Panel from a clock, 1592

Panel from a clock, 1592

Panel from a clock
Italy
1592
Gilt brass, engraved
Museum no. 853:3-1898

As a soft metal, brass is ideal for engraving the dials and ornament on precision instruments. Engravers were the most highly paid members of a workshop. This panel from the side of a clock has been engraved with the figure of Time holding a scythe and hourglass. The Latin inscription placed below him reads 'Adapt to the times'.