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The only explanation that makes any sense at all is that “umbr” is an abbreviation of “umbra” and that the free-standing vertical stroke is not a letter, but a punctuation mark. Thus, the inscription reads “sicut umbr(a), declinaverunt”, “like unto a shadow, they have declined”, scil. “my days”. It is actually quite common to adorn sundials (free-standing or ...


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Vertical strokes are not necessarily letters; they can also be visual elements and punctuation. The three symbols at the top of the motif are "I DE" which, rearranged, spell "DEI"; consequently the radiating lines below indicate that the light measuring human days is "of God". I suggest that the visual pun justifies the presence ...


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It's hard to tell for sure from the image, but couldn't that just be the stroke of an A, with the rest faded or somehow gone missing? There is a word Umbri, but it has to do with the ancient people by that name. Moreover, the distance between the R and the I is too great for it to be one word, yet just room enough for the rest of the letter. Agnes' ...


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I think your translation is spot on. The way I read it, I would parse the words like so: "The famous Lacer (nobilis Lacer) with divine art (divina arte) made the bridge (fecit pontem) to last into the ages (mansurum in saecula) of the everlasting world (perpetui mundi)."


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