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Automaton of a Ship dated 1585 from the Holy Roman Empire on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Made by Hans Schlottheim in Augsburg from partially painted silver, copper alloy and iron.

Centrepieces in the shape of a ship have a long tradition. Here the decorative figures and coats of arms glorify the ruler and his empire. A complex mechanism propels the ship across the table while the crew movers to the music from inside the ship. As a highlight the cannons fire a salvo.