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The park was famed for its automata well into the fifteenth century before it was destroyed by English soldiers in the sixteenth.
The Chinese author Xiao Xun wrote that when the Ming Dynasty founder Hongwu (r.
When the user pulls the lever, the water drains and the automaton refills the basin.
Villard de Honnecourt, in his 1230s sketchbook, show plans for animal automata and an angel that perpetually turns to face the sun.
At the end of the thirteenth century, Robert II, Count of Artois built a pleasure garden at his castle at Hesdin that incorporated several automata as entertainment in the walled park.
Al-Jazari constructed a hand washing automaton first employing the flush mechanism now used in modern toilets.
It features a female automaton standing by a basin filled with water.
The work was conducted by local workmen and overseen by the Italian knight Renaud Coignet.