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The Lord's Supper Automaton, attributed to Henry Phalibois, c. 1890, the automaton based on Da Vinci's, The Lord's Supper features Jesus and the twelve Apostles in period clothing moving as if in serious conversation at a long table set with pewter dishes and goblets, complex gearing and drives all powered by two 110 and 220 volt 60-cycle motors, lg. 69, ht. 30, dp. 22 in.
Note: This automaton was part of the traveling London Mechanical and Electrical Exhibition touring England, Europe, Australia, and reaching New Zealand in the 1920's. Details of this exhibition are featured in Rod Cornelius, Mechanical Music, July/august 2011, pp. 32-35. To view the automaton in action, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJia3eTF80c