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.:: Tuesday, December 07, 2004



Clockwork Prayer: 16th century automaton:

"In the Smithsonian Institution is a sixteenth-century automaton of a monk, made of wood and iron, 15 inches in height. Driven by a key-wound spring, the monk walks in a square, striking his chest with his right arm, raising and lowering a small wooden cross and rosary in his left hand, turning and nodding his head, rolling his eyes, and mouthing silent obsequies. From time to time, he brings the cross to his lips and kisses it. After over 400 years, he remains in good working order."

This is a quite fascinating story, well worth a read.

Many thanks to Max Chen for bringing it to us.

Posted at 3:02 PM by CTP  | 
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