Cartesius Little Devil

As a child I wasn’t allowed many toys apart from books and bicycles. Wooden toys and cameleons, as I lived in Madagascar. But there was one magical thing that my grandfather used to show me on some special days. He pulled out from a dusty cupboard in a kitchen a strange bottle in which a little devil would magically go up and down according to his orders…I loved this homunculus that would travel in the bottle. He would dance around rapidly or slowly according to my grand-father’s orders…. It was made of blown glass and was very fragile. Here it is again in the middle of a bottle…. In french we call him Ludion, in English it is Cartesius little Devil as it is Cartesius who invented the device….

Elizabeth Frolet, artist, Rome, Italy.

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