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Karakuri by Keithwormwood Karakuri by Keithwormwood
Commissioned long ago by the 7th Tokugawa, a great patron of Karakuri design during the Edo period. Used to entertain guests with its charming grace as it carefully presents its hosts with tea, the Karakuri has also been used sparingly in Noh theatre, much to the shock of the audience when they discover the true nature of a seemingly masked actor.

Key Features-
-Tea for the host and his guest is presented on a laquered tray.
-Tanned skin tubing delivers the compressed air from the main pumps.
-Two pneumatic pumps function as the Karakuri’s prime source of locomotive power.
-Large laquer box contains the cogs and switching boxes that control all the air tubes that lead to the Karakuri.
-Shinto charms are affixed to the engine box, and are said to help instill the Karakuri with a soul.

Prints available here: [link]
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DapperDoom Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the Ball Jointed Doll concept of the design 
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shadowzero20 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
would be nice see more chineses and japanese steampunk technology. Im always finding victorian europeon or amercian style steampunk
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We-All-Have-Rabies Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Artist
I Remember This From A Book I Recently Purchased. Book: 50 Robots To Draw & Paint. I Loved It... Thanks For Sharing.
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Tigerach Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW that's amazing! I'm a huge fan of robots, so, this is excellent. The soul thing is a good idea.
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Geishatron Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so awesome!!
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KiteofAzureFlame123 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats soooo epic... :O
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Midsney Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I want that kimono.
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keera-chan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This combines 2 of my favorite things: Traditional Japanese clothing/tea and robotics
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Nonalie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Artist
cool, is that a doll in a kimono?
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Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A really cool design here. Would be cool to see this as a real working karakuri or?
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