#HG007 - Bronzed 30 Minute Hourglass

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Bronzed 30 Minute Hourglass Timeless symbolism… Hourglasses are meaningful to me, and collectable because of their combined historical and practical value. My first hourglass was silver and gilded, used by priests to time their sermons. I found it in a dingy pawnshop close to Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Some glasses measured up to two hours, used at a time when church pews were designed by the Inquisition to torture the human back. Ship’s hourglasses were calibrated to the half hours of the ship’s watch, and if the helmsman didn’t turn the glass too early it actually doubled in defining longitude. Navigators tried to keep count of the hours; the galleons wrecked on the Western Australian reefs remind us of the perils of incorrectly kept time. To appreciate the important symbolism of the hourglass observe Renaissance painted still lifes, also called Vanitas, filled with symbolism and morals. They very often depict hourglasses.
H. 5.31 in. / 13.49 cm.
Diam. 3.15 in. / 8 cm.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 6 × 6 in


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This item ships free to the lower 48 US, there is a shipping charge when it ships International, Alaska or Hawaii. In a effort to continue free shipping in the USA, I must keep the cost down, so I may occasionally take the item out of the factory box and combine multiple items in a smaller box.

International Shipping

Any address outside the lower 48 US is considered International and we do ship worldwide to most countries, there is a shipping charge when it ships outside the lower 48 US. In a effort to control the price, we may repack the item out of the factory box into a smaller box or multiple items into one box, if you do not want this, contact me and let me know, but your shipping might be higher.