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The Elephant Clock. Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices by al-Jazari (1136-1206 Turkey). Rare Syrian illuminated manuscript. 1315 CE Mamluk period. Copyist, Farrukh ibn `Abd al-Latif. This device, his most famous and elaborate. Al-Jaziri's work is famed not merely for it's ingenuity and broad knowledge of techniques but because as an engineer his diagrams are complete with precise details and practical instructions for making them which made them widely influential.