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Double Dragon's Hourglass
The Witches Sage

Double Dragon's Hourglass

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Double Dragon's Hourglass

As ancient beings that can live for eons, dragons make a suitable representative to symbolize the passing of time. The Double Dragons Hourglass features a pair of dragons curled opposite each other around a hourglass. Each dragon shows great detail in its scales, horns, and wings, appearing with excellent realism. The dragons are fixed between blocks carved with intricate designs, so this timer can easily rest on a flat surface. The hourglass holds colored sand, which stands out against the blackened dragons. Sand colors may vary. Crafted from hand-painted resin, this hourglass offers a unique piece to decorate your home decor with a functional twist. Approx. size: 4.75" x 2.75" x 6"

Please be aware that this sand-timer is not meant for exact timing. It measures around 5-8 minutes, but the exact time measured can vary.

Both the mechanical clock and the hourglass found powerful symbolic roles during the Renaissance. The complex mechanical clock with its rotary gears became a metaphor for the heavenly spheres or for the wheel of fortune. But the hourglass, whose sands run out, was a thing of this base earth. It became a metaphor for the running-out-of-sands we all inevitably face. It became, and it remains, a universal symbol of death.

Two technologies, one simple, one complex, running side by side -- the clock making a continuum of time, the hourglass segmenting it -- the clock speaking of timelessness, the hourglass showing us finality -- the clock evoking things celestial, the hourglass reminding us of base earth. They are Yin and Yang.

Hourglasses found their place in setting off blocks of time. The time between canonical hours in a monastery, or between watches on shipboard. They ran neither long enough nor accurately enough to be of much use in marine navigation. They were a poor person's timepiece -- a kind of clock for everyman.

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