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Scaphe dial. This instrument comprises a dial and compass set on a raised gold rectangle, with an ivory lid. The compass consists of a red ring with 12 engraved characters inside it - they represent 12 directions by the names of the Chinese hours. This dial is among the smallest of the instruments in the NMM sundial collection and is very similar to AST0523. The tiny size of the dial itself would have militated against the accuracy of the instrument, which would probably only have been able to provide the time to the nearest hour.
- Image reference: D3867
- National Maritime Museum