Automaton clock in the form of Urania, Muse of Astronomy

Case: partly gilded and partly silvered brass, copper with traces of silver, ebony, and ebony veneer; movement: gilded brass and partly blued steel | 21 x 24.1 x 15.9cm | c. 1620-30

Unknown Artist

Urania is a fitting choice for an automaton made in Nuremberg, a city proud of its fifteenth-century astronomical observatory, probably the first in northern Europe. When set to motion, the figure turns her head and lifts her pointer to indicate the ...
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