These thousand tiny bells quivered for some time with the vibration of the rope, then gradually died away, and finally became silent when the manikin had been brought into a state of immobility by that law of the pendulum which has dethroned the water clock
and the hour-glass.
The Ancient Agora Museum in Athens houses a host of artifacts related to Athenian democracy, including a clepsydra, or water clock
, which was used to impose time limits on speeches before tribunals and in political discourse in late fifth century B.
Finally, hats off to the musical water clock
installed in the square basin in which the GA[c]ode sits.
It is probably a verge and foliot clock because it was mounted over the rood screen where refilling a water clock
would be extremely difficult.
He also uses a drinking game to test whether it''s possible to create luck, as well as building a water clock
and making a coat that doubles as a bed.
But on its own small scale, the water clock
is a marvel.
An 11th century Chinese water clock
, its gears driven by a steady stream, might lose or gain 10 minutes a day--an accuracy of about a part in 100.
But our favourite was Hunkin's famous water clock
at the end of the pier.
Only the timed give and take, right hand and left, the rhythms of the water clock
ribs, this free flight of wind, lift of limb, bird wing of breath that chalice and paten the bones, the workaday canvas of harvest and prayer.
One of the focal features of this exhibition is a five-metre-high replica of the 'Elephant Clock'--a visually striking early-13th century water clock
, the body of which contains symbols referring different cultures and is featured alongside a short feature film starring Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley as Al Jazari, inventor of the clock.
One of the iconic focal features of this exhibition is a six-metre high replica of the 'Elephant Clock'- a visually striking early 13th century water clock
, the body of which contains symbols referring different cultures and is featured alongside a short feature film starring Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley, above, as Al Jazari, inventor of the fabled Scribe Clock, inset.
They include flintlock pistols on the walls, armour breast plates, enough brass to make you think Brasso arrives by the tanker-load, and a wonderful 17th century brass water clock
on the mantelpiece.