‘Look at the Time’ the wall clock chimes, 4 past 4 already, the fourth eight says. The Maltese gilded clock ([arloġġ] tal-lira) has a long tradition dating to the 17th century and was a prized possession, reserved for aristocracy (→6♦ and 2♣). The elegant clock is peculiar to the Maltese Islands and sits in a rectangular case (115x62x16cm), its wood is usually white deal (punent), stored and seasoned for at least half a decade and then decorated with gold or silver leaf. Tempus fugit, time is ticking, already past the hour, nigh time.
(text by Margit Waas)