The Elephant Clock

This page comes from an A.D 1315 treatise on fantastic devices invented by the author Badi al-Zaman al-Razzaz al‑Jazari (1136-1206). His elephant clock was especially intricate: every half hour, the bird on the dome whistled; the man below dropped a ball into the dragon’s mouth; and the driver hit the elephant with his goad. The calligrapher was Farrukh ibn `Abd al-Latif.

al-Jazari

Source: metmuseum.org

Another link from a friend:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/7045228/Elephant-Clock-is-centrepiece-of-Science-Museums-Islamic-exhibition.html

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