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Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mechanical Lion' Is Now on Display in Paris

The lion is on display at the Italian Cultural Institue in Paris.

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Updated:September 17, 2019, 9:10 AM IST
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Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mechanical Lion' Is Now on Display in Paris
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The lion, which is two metres (six feet, seven inches) high and three metres long and made of wood with a metal mechanism, is a reconstruction based on a rudimentary sketch left by da Vinci.

The original automaton, long since lost, was designed by da Vinci on a commission from Pope Leo X to amuse French king Francois I.

Da Vinci, who died in May 1519, had a legendary obsession with the flight of birds and how understanding the mechanism could lead to the creation of a human flying machine.

The lion is on display at the Italian Cultural Institue in Paris.

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