CANVASES, CARATS AND CURIOSITIES

Silver and Jeweled Automaton Nef

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Both a jeweled work of art and a mechanical masterpiece, this silver automaton nef is a one-of-a-kind objet d'art. At once breathtakingly beautiful, this majestic ship is intricate beyond compare in a dazzling display of silver workmanship. Crafted in the form of an exotic, Middle Eastern sheikh's barge, this nef is complete with boatmen, soldiers, concubines and even tigers, panthers and an owl. With the simple turn of a key, the ship's occupants spring to life: the sheikh moves his hands commanding his crew; boatmen row the oars; and the owl on the dancing concubine's arm flaps its wings. Even the cannon at the bow of the ship shoots tiny "cannon balls" by turning the head of the tiger seated beside the second concubine.

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