Forge powered by a single channel of water, 1589.

 
Forge powered by a single channel of water, 1589.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Description

Engraved diagram showing four naked smiths rhythmically hitting iron on an anvil. On the right is a furnace, with a water supply on the left. Below is a system of wheels, chains and pulleys. Illustration from 'Gli artifitiosi et curiosi moti spiritali di Herrone' (commonly called 'Pneumatics') by Hero of Alexandria, published in Ferrara in 1589.

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