An automaton in a bearskin
A gigantic alarm clock! The clock face shines forth as a golden medal on the chest of of a bear from 1625. If the clock ticks, the bear’s eyes move to and fro. The alarm is rather rude, a drum roll will certainly throw every sovereign out of the bed.
The Physico-mathematical Salon in the Zwinger houses a number of amazingly artistic objects, mechanical devices and mathematial instruments from the times around 1600. They lead back to one of the origins of the Dresden collections in the 16th century – an art chamber and cabinet of curiosities where the electors looked into topics like land surveys and astronomy and followed their enthusiasm for automatons.