Old Father Time character jug produced by Peggy Davies Ceramics for Five Towns Jugs of Staffordshire, England, circa 2000. Old Father Time is a reminder that time is the devourer of all things and that, like the substance in the hourglass he often carries, his vitality will run out until it is totally exhausted. The personification of Father Time has its roots in the Greek Roman Deity of time, Saturn, referred to by the Greeks as Cronus or Kronos. The English word "Chronos" means time and is the root of chronology and other modern words, such as chronometer, which is any instrument that measures time. Saturn also was an ancient Italian Corn God known as the Sower, and in art Saturn has always been depicted as an old man holding a scythe or sickle. The image of Saturn carried on in the modern Father Time. By the Middle Ages there were many engravings of the Grim Reaper, which depict a skeletal figure holding a scythe and hourglass. The handle of the jug features a banner saying "Your Time's Your Own" wrapped around a scythe with an hourglass at the bottom.
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