This is a very unusual ‘memento mori’ sand timer/hour glass. There are Roman numerals on the inside of both ends. On the outer ends there are what looks like hieroglyphs around the edge and what I can only describe as a figure who looks like ‘The Angel of Death’ with angel wings and a scythe. In lots of religions and countries there are beliefs about death involving a character such as this and I believe this was made to remind us all of time and our own mortality.
This is a vintage item and I think it may have a replacement sand timer as you can see the ‘rubber like’ protection on the ends of the glass but it may have been made like this.
This is a very unique item and times at around 8 minutes. It stands approx. 16.5cm high x 7.5cm wide.