LEONARDO DA VINCI MECHANICAL LION

Brand: Italeri HC

Part Number: HC-3102

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HISTORICAL-SCIENTIFIC BOOKLET WITH 3REPRODUCTIONS OF THE MACHINE IN 4 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

Sheets 90/v and 91/r of the Madrid Code include drawings ofstrange mechanisms that are not linked to the treatise on mechanics and oftenhave no explanatory text. Analysing them led to the reconstruction ofmechanisms enabling a mysterious animal, a mechanical lion, to moverobotically. The lion, a gift from Pope Leone X and the town of Florence, wastaken to Lyon, in France; on July 12 1515, at the end of a surprising, magicalwalk before the King of France, Francis I, it stopped knocking some liliesover. It can be considered one of the first animal-like robots ever built.

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