OnePotato wrote:That would be a foliot verge escapement.
It is a part of an early clock.
OnePotato wrote:If you google "lantern clock" you'll discover something hollow about the popularly held theory of a copyist's "error" that resulted in the shift from an hourglass to a lantern in the Hermit.
It's not an "error" if there's nothing "wrong" about it.
The old conceits.
Have a nice day.
"If Time can be just an old man with a lantern, with but one allegorical component like a foliot escapement, then all it takes is to get rid of the weird allegorical part and what you have left is an old man with a lantern."
debra wrote:It's all allegory. A lantern-clock may be made for hanging on a wall, but an hourglass isn't made to be carried around, either. The hourglass symbolizes time, with or without the old man holding it. So much the better when combined with an old man who also symbolizes time (Saturn, maybe, or a monk who must watch the time for the sake of daily prayers). It's all artistic license for the sake of conveying the meaning.
OnePotato doesn't say that this particular wall image shows a man carrying a lantern-clock. If I take his point correctly, it's a witty depiction of the man AS a clock.
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