Monday, April 5, 2010

MFS - Strange But True - Things / Other 17

Updated on MFS - Strange But True - Things / Other 17 .
The Al-Jazari Elephant clock.
The elephant clock was a medieval Muslim invention by al-Jazari (1136–1206), consisting of a weight powered water clock in the form of an elephant. The various elements of the clock are in the housing on top of the elephant. They were designed to move and make a sound each half hour.
A modern full-size working reproduction can be found as a centrepiece in the Ibn Battuta Mall, a shopping mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Another working reproduction can be seen outside the Musée d'Horlogerie du Locle, Château des Monts, in Le Locle, Switzerland.

In addition to its mechanical innovations, the clock itself is seen as an early example of multiculturalism represented in technology. The elephant represents the Indian and African cultures, the dragon represents Chinese culture, the phoenix represents ancient Egyptian culture, the water work represents ancient Greek culture, and the turban represents Islamic culture.Read more about it on MFS,with 1 videoclip.

1 comment:

  1. so beautiful..!
    How much meticulously, art and skill!
    I just love this post.
    < 3 < 3 <3

    Great Will. XO


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