Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Video of Gianello Torriano's monk automaton

A few months ago, we posted about a 400 year old monk automaton. While that post has a great embedded audio story about the monk, it did not have video of this incredible creation in action. Here you go. There is no sound, so there is no need to try to fix your speakers.

This automaton figure of a monk dates to around 1560 and is believed to have been created by Gianello Torriano -- an Italian engineer and master clockmaker. The automaton currently resides at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Here is a web page featuring a detailed article about the monk automaton by Elizabeth King.

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