2015-07-06 15:39:51

This famous android was a collaborative effort by two Germans. Automatons were in circulation and aroused much curiosity. Its maker 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.
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