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Rolling Ball Clock

Hans Schlottheimca. 1600

Green Vault, Dresden State Art Museums

Green Vault, Dresden State Art Museums

This rolling ball clock in the form of an octagonal tower is a masterpiece of mechanical engineering which combines the function of a music box with that of a figural automaton. In exactly one minute a rock crystal ball circled the towershaped clock 16 times while a second ball inside the case was raised. When this happened, the hand moved on and Saturn struck a bell with his hammer. Apart from these special technical features this exclusive clock also boasts an ambitious iconographic programme.

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