Table Clock with the Figure of Atlas
Table Clock with the Figure of Atlas, 1660/70
Gilt brass, brass, wrought iron, silver, fruitwood, and tortoise shell
17 3/8 × 9 × 9 in. (44.13 × 22.86 × 22.86 cm)
Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg, Gabriele Flagg Pfeiffer, Mrs. Arthur J. Riebs in memory of her father, C.W. George Everhart, and her mother, Lillian Boynton Everhart, R.B. Flagg Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Abraham Melamed, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Vogel, and Leonard Blumka, by exchange M2002.167
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan who was condemned to support the heavens on his head and hands as punishment for taking part in the revolt of the Titans against Zeus. This thirty-hour clock cleverly displays the time on the silver sphere supported by Atlas.
Sawinski, Catherine. Mythology at the Milwaukee Art Museum--Part 1. Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, August 17, 2012. http://blog.mam.org/2012/08/17/mythology-at-the-milwaukee-art-museum-part-1/.
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