The sundial of the mathematicians and astronomers of the ancient world

Sundial Skaphe white-gold Shop indicates the temporal hours.  ©Björn Oldsen

The scaphe likely is one of the oldest types of a sundial. Its dial is placed in a hollow sphere. The gnomon is placed at its centre, with its tip casting a shadow along the drawn lines.
The spherical capture area compensates for the irregular movement of the shadow on level surfaces.
The hour lines represent the temporal hours. These do not correspond to our current time measurement of equinoctial hours.

Read the time as people did in the world of Antiquity with this clock.

Turn time into a special experience.

The scaphe sundial lets you read the "temporal hours"

Until the Middle Ages, the "light day", i.e. the time from sunrise to sunset, was divided into 12 sections of equal length. The first temporal hour begins at sunrise.

The temporal hour is not consistent throughout the year, due to different durations of sunlight. The hours are longer in summer, and shorter in winter.

sundials Skaphe in three colors

The scaphe sundial is a hemispherical bowl and individually adjusted to your location

The scaphe has a size of 10 x 10 cm and is made of high-quality, weather-resilient material. Its modern design makes it a true eye-catcher and a functional decorative piece in one.
It can be used indoors and outdoors. Of course, it must be placed on a sunlit and horizontal surface, such as a table, windowsill, ledge or similar.

The scale on this clock is produced individually to match the latitude closest to your place of residence.

Sundial Skaphe fully gold anodisedshop displays temporal hours

Skaphe old anodised

  • Fully gold anodised
  • Material of high-strength aluminium
  • Gnomon made of stainless steel
  • Size: 10 x 10 cm wide and 5 cm high
  • Weight: 500 g

510,00 €

Sundial Skaphe white-gold Shop indicates the temporal hours. ©Björn Oldsen

Skaphe gold-anodised/white

  • Dish gold-anodised on the inside, painted white on the outside
  • Material of high-strength aluminium
  • Gnomon made of stainless steel
  • Size: 10 x 10 cm wide and 5 cm high
  • Weight: 500 g

540,00 €

Sundial Skaphe white Shop indicates the temporal hours.  ©Björn Oldsen

Skaphe white

  • Painted white entirely
  • Material of high-strength aluminium
  • Gnomon made of stainless steel
  • Size: 10 x 10 cm wide and 5 cm high
  • Weight: 500 g

520,00 €

Delivery time of the scaphe: approx. 3 - 4 weeks

Technical data

Fabrication

Produced with the latest current manufacturing technologies:

  • Designed on 3D CAD systems.
  • Made on CNC lathes and milling centres.
  • Datum lines produced with 5-axis laser systems.
  • Painted with weather-resilient acrylic paint. (Same method as car paint work)

  • The sundial is designed to let rain run off. This prevents water from collecting in the bowl.

    Dimensions

    Size: :100x100x50 mm
    Weight:500 g

    Material

    Body:Highly resilient aluminium
    Gold-anodised
    Painted white
    Gnomon:Stainless steel

    Determine your latitude

    The scaphe’s scale is adjusted to your location to the degree in order to display the time for your home. You need to determine the matching latitude to make this possible. Find your location on the map and enter the corresponding value in the contact form. Give the closest latitude drawn in, without decimal digits.
    You can also use this link to find out your latitude:
    Latitude and Longitude Finder
    ➥ Advice: Click the map to enlarge the view.

    Placement options for the Skaphe Hollow-Sphere Sundial

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    The scaphe is an ornament and a scientific instrument in one.

    Technical data

    Information on material and weight of the scaphe.

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    Temporal hours

    Learn about time measurement with temporal hours as displayed by the scaphe.