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25 November 2011 @ 10:54 am
androids from the 1700s  


I copied this from tumblr:

This famous android was a collaborative effort by two Germans. Clockmaker Peter Kintzing created the mechanism and joiner David Roentgen crafted the cabinet; the dress dates from the 19th century. Automatons were in circulation and aroused much curiosity. Roentgen probably sent the tympanum to the French court and Marie-Antoinette bought it in 1784. The queen, aware of its perfection and scientific interest, had it deposited in the Academy of Sciences cabinet in 1785. The tympanum is a musical instrument that plays eight tunes when the female android strikes the 46 strings with two little hammers. Tradition has it that she is a depiction of Marie-Antoinette.
 
 
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Grygongrygon on November 25th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
wow
Monika: Borowczykergotismus on November 30th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!
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