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Marie Antoinette’s Automaton Dulcimer Player

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Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, was presented with this mechanical marvel in 1785. It’s a machine in the form of a lady playing a dulcimer. The lady isn’t just decorative, but an essential part of the musical performance. Be sure to watch the whole video to see other amazing automatons from the same time period.

-via How to Be a Retronaut

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September 12th, 2011

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