In the Room of the Pavilions there is a wonderful object: the clock "the peacock". On a convex circular base there is a high trunk of oak with two leafy branches. On the stump there is an enormous peacock. Of one of the branches it hangs a cage with bells in which lechuza is one done of dark silver. Underneath the cage, a squirrel that nibbles hazelnuts. To the other side, a small stump with a rooster made to the natural one. In the first plane, fungi, leaves, acorns and even pumpkins, and, paying attention well, can see snails, small lizards and in the branches, two squirrels. In the small hat of the greatest mushroom a small opening with two rows of numbers - Roman and Arab is seen and upon the mushroom, an almost imperceptible grasshopper.
The disc of the clock is in the small hat of the mushroom. Through a groove two discs are seen turning. The Roman numbers show the hours; the Arabs, the minutes; the grasshopper, who is upon the mushroom, marks the seconds. The cord lasts two weeks. The mechanism works.
Image Description: Russia, St. Petersburg, Hermitage
Posted on the site: 15 March, 2006
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