Musical Automaton "Moroccan playing lira"

    Musical Automaton "Moroccan playing lira"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1880

    Vichy, Gustave

    Papier-mache, wood, fabric (taffeta, silk); painting

    20 х 50 х 50 сm, 2 kg

    Plaque G. Vichy, Model Depose, (professionally restored by John Gaughan). 


    Bust of a Moroccan woman, playing  lira, with papier-mache head, brown eyes with articulated lids, pierced ears with original gilt crescent moon earrings, open mouth, inset bone teeth, and black hair wig, holding a harp in her left hand, her right one articulated at shoulder and wrist, the body containing going-barrel movement playing one tune and causing the lady to turn and incline her head gracefully, blinking throughout, as her hand moves across the strings with a lifting and plucking motion, in pale-pink and yellow shot-silk decorated with the original brass coins on ebonized plinth.