The Japanese Archer automaton, c.1860

The Japanese Archer automaton, c.1860

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Credit: ADAM HART-DAVIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: 'The Japanese Archer', an automaton made in Japan in 1860. Automata are mechanical devices that mimic human movement. In this example, the archer picks up and fires each arrow in turn. The arrows fly between 3 and 4 metres. One of the accompanying women waves, whilst the other claps and rings a bell. The figures are made of plaster, the cams and levers are wooden. The automaton is powered by a spring. This photograph was taken at the Museum of Automata, York.

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