Inside the Forbidden City: clocks
Updated: 2007-04-28 09:14
Western emissaries brought in various kinds of clocks, which could tick, strike, rotate, tweet like a bird, play music or make water flow, to the Chinese emperors as tributes during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Photo shows an automaton clock which features a mechanical man in British costume sitting at a desk with a Chinese calligraphy brush in his hand.
Click to see how the miniature man writes with the calligraphy brush.
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