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Peacock water clock invention, 14th century

Peacock water clock invention, 14th century

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METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Peacock water clock invention, 14th century. This device operated using water power. In the completed device, the arch containing two peacocks would be surmounted by another containing a peahen that would turn from right to left over the course of half an hour, causing the peacocks to whistle. Invention from a 1315 edition of 'Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices' by Islamic scholar Ismail al-Jazari.

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