I couldn’t help, but to pick both of these images. (And no, I have not written a thousand words)

Let’s look at the one with the ram, or goats, on its sides first.  Artistically, there is a lot of attention placed on the two goats and the direction in which they’re facing.  Another thing to note is the image of the male and female underneath the face of the clock. If we look closer, the male and the female are in the middle of a pastoral scene. There’s grass all around them and there’s a blue-grey sky behind them. These aesthetic choices can suggest many things about the society the clock is a product of.

For instance, it could suggest a society that has dominated nature to such a degree that it is able to replicate the images of animal to the finest detail, and remove the natural onto the unnatural, the top corners of the clock (as we could see by the horns on the goats and their position on the frame). The humans figured in the middle, below the clock, symbolize the human dominance of nature and the idea that they’re the center of time. It’s as if time is revolving around them, designed by them, and not outside of them. This can also be seen as an attempt of possessing god-like craftsmanship and consciousness. The picture also depicts a progression from the liberal arts to mechanical arts. This connection can be made based on the floral images on the face of the clock.

The second clock is golden, and has angelic creatures standing on its sides. There is also a branch, or twig with leaves, on the top of it, symbolizing nature. This clock is paradoxical, because there is a consciousness of two worlds, the natural and supernatural.

The second picture seems to suggest even more than the first. It’s as if the attainment of a celestial consciousness through craftsmanship is legitimized through the care for detail emphasized by the creater of the clock, who, in this particular creation, is human. The twig at the top symbolically conveys it – the twig being an evidence of nature – suggesting that the power to create is inate in humans and stems from our divine likeness to God. Also, the angelic beings on the clock clearly portray the clock as some sort of example of divine creation. It’s as if the craftsman of the clock attempted to harness the infinite qualities of time through the invention of a solid object to measure it, in an attempt to contain time.

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