Clock with automata known as "The Chariot of Diana” inv. 1149
The Chariot of Diana is an automaton table clock (Tischautomat) intended to impress dinners guests moving from one to another. A real expensive item, result of collaboration between a clockmaker and a goldsmith, it was made in Germany around 1610.
Diana, the goddess of hunting, seated on a throne, is about to shoot an arrow. Two panthers pull the chariot and a monkey is seated behind. As an inner mechanism drives the wheels of the chariot, the two panthers rise and fall, simulating a bounding movement, their heads move, as the monkey’s one.
On the throne there is a clock and every second Diana’s eyes move.