[GERMANY.THUERINGEN 30472] The Herzogin-Anna-Amalia-Bibliothek in Weimar is home to the 'Lebensuhr' of Duke Wilhelm Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar (1662-1782). The more than 3 meter high clock was made for the Duke by Johann Assmann in 1706. Here we see the upper part of the timepiece.
The term 'Lebensuhr' (lifetime clock) refers to the fact that it showed the minutes, hours, days, months and years of his life, reckoning from his birth on the 30th of November 1662. For instance, in the lower disk we see near the outer rim (at the "one o'clock position") that in 1712 his age was 49.
The upper disk is the actual chronometer with the 24 hours of the day displayed around the perimeter. There are also a pointers for the position in the zodiac of the sun (here between Virgo and Libra) and the moon.
Vignettes on the left show a collection of birds, while those on the right show mammals. The double row of vignettes at the top show the gods of six weekdays with the creation events from Genesis above it. Above Sunday we find a picture of a luminous sky above water, illustrating the creation of the heavens and the earth. Monday is omitted. Tuesday is coupled to an image that illustrates the separation of water and land and the creation of plant life. Wednesday shows the creation of heavenly bodies. The Thursday vignette is filled with birds. Friday shows other animals but no humans and Saturday shows Adam and Eve in paradise. Photo Mick Palarczyk.
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