This is a beautiful hand-made, hand-painted wooden toy, made in Germany. The little wooden figure performs a series of back-flips as he descends down the steps.
Automata like this have a history going back over 200 years, when mechanical toys were collected by rich and famous people. …
Recently, a traditional German toymaker has re-invented the toy, with a different, patented, mechanism that uses weights and levers, instead of mercury.
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It costs about $400.
(via Gymnast Crossing)