Animatronic bed of 1883 features winking bronze statues of women


Thom Buchanan of The Pictorial Arts posted this photo of a bed with four life-size bronze figures, made for Nawab Muhammad Bahawal Khan Abbasi V of Bahawalpur in 1883.

The four figures at the corners represent women of France, Spain, Italy and Greece. With clever mechanisms, the statues were able to wink and wave fans and fly whisks… [T]he bed was fitted with a music box that played a thirty minute interlude from Gounod's Faust, activated by a button.

Nawab Muhammad Bahawal Khan Abbasi V's bed