Joueuse de Tympanon

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The folks over at Curious Expedition has an interesting post on automatas and link to a YouTube video of the famous Joueuse de Tympanon automata which was built for Marie Antoinette the wife of Louis XVI. It was built by David Roentgen and Pierre Kintzing. The automata is a two foot tall musician who actually played the dulcimer striking its strings with hammers in her hands. It should be noted that the automata was reconstructed by Robert-Houdin (the famous magacian Houdini took his stage name from Houdin although he later denounced Houdin).

2 Responses to “Joueuse de Tympanon”


  1. 1 M July 24, 2007 at 9:43 am

    What a wonderful picture you found!

  2. 2 Jacob December 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    By any chance do you know what song she is playing?


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