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  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale mobile toy, by Roggeri Joffe Toymakers. Daniela Handpainted this mobile toy she was inspired by the Nightingale story and the Luscinia bird.

    The Emperor of China learns that one of the most beautiful things in his empire is the song of the nightingale. When he orders the nightingale brought to him, a kitchen maid (the only one at court who knows of its whereabouts) leads the court to a nearby forest, where the nightingale agrees to appear at court, where it remains as the Emperor’s favorite. When the Emperor is given a bejeweled mechanical bird he loses interest in the real nightingale, who returns to the forest. The mechanical bird eventually breaks down; and the Emperor is taken deathly ill a few years later. The real nightingale learns of the Emperor’s condition and returns to the palace; whereupon Death is so moved by the nightingale’s song that he allows the Emperor to live.

    Luscinia svecica

    The Nightingale

    15 cm.x 10 cm. x 4 mm.

    Perch 25 cm.

    50$