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Timekeeping ➔ Qumran Sundial Reproduction

Identifier:
2003.41.1
Description:
Full-scale reproduction of limestone disk sundial found in 1954 in the ruins of Qumran on the Dead Sea. Sundial consists of a dish-shaped disk with 3 concentric rings with hatch marks around a center hole into which a wooden peg is inserted.;This reproduction is an accurate replica of the original timekeeping device from Qumran. It deomnstrates the importance of telling the time and seasons to ancient cultures, for religious and agricultural reasons. It may be used in the traveling version of our Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, or in association with the permanent Collecting A-Z: W is for Watches and Clocks exhibition.;Made by students from Grand Rapids Christian High Scool art department, and loaned to the Public Museum during the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition in 2003, then donated after the close of the exhibition.;Used by the Essenes at Qumran to tell the time of day when prayer or ritual bathing was required, and the time of year when certain religious festivals were celebrated.;Full-scale reproduction of limestone disk sundial found in 1954 in the ruins of Qumran on the Dead Sea. Sundial consists of a dish-shaped disk with 3 concentric rings with hatch marks around a center hole into which a wooden peg is inserted. This reproduction is an accurate replica of the original timekeeping device from Qumran. It demonstrates the importance of telling the time and seasons to ancient cultures, for religious and agricultural reasons. It is believed by most archeologists that the Essenes used this sundial to tell the time of day when prayer or ritual bathing was required, and the time of year when certain religious festivals were celebrated.
Date:
2003
Materials:
Etched Or Scored, Ceramic, Wood
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Andrea Opolski
Exhibit/Program
Dead Sea Scrolls ()
Makers/Donors
Andrea Opolski, Erin Cornell, And Allison Deyoung

Grand Rapids Christian High School Art Department

Opolski, Andrea