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Clock: Diana on a Centaur

ca. 1602/06, Artist: Hans Jakob I. Bachmann , (Goldschmied)



Clock: Diana on a Centaur

Automata powered by springs were among the most coveted objects in a princely Kunstkammer. They are highlights of mechanical artistry and an expression of the desire to make inanimate things come to life. Thus, human skill seemed to imitate the divine act of creation and to assume control over nature.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXVII

Object data

Object Name

Automaton; Clock




ca. 1602/06


Hans Jakob I. Bachmann , (Goldschmied) (1574 Memmingen - 1651 Augsburg) - GND


Silver, partly gilded, enamel, pearls, garnets, wood, iron


H. 39,5 cm, L. 32,5 cm (max), B. 18,3 cm


Augsburger Pyr (SEL 22); R 3, [Nr.544 (SEL 1131b neu)], SEL 1127*
Seling 2007: MZ 1127a; MZ 0150

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1166

100 Meisterwerke - Kentaurenautomat - Hans Jakob I. Bachmann

Kunstkammer Wien: Figurenuhr mit Diana auf dem Kentauren

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