Replica of 'Maria' robot from Fritz Lang's 1927 film: ‘Metropolis’; with fragment from replica’s leg, and replica’s object label

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2016

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Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot, designed and made for Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, 1927. Built by prop-makers Kropserkel
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Replica of 'Maria' robot from Fritz Lang's 1927 film: ‘Metropolis’; with fragment from replica’s leg, and replica’s object label, by Kropserkel Inc., Toronto, Canada, 2016. The replica 'Maria' robot was based on original drawings and research in Walter Schulze-Mittendorff's archive.

Maria was the first blockbuster robot, created by the German designer Walter Schulze-Mittendorf. Her look evokes the golden mask of the Pharaoh King Tutankhamen, discovered five years before her creation. Yet she also inspired generations of subsequent film robots, including Star Wars’s C-3PO. Maria was described in Metropolis as a Maschinenmensch – a ‘machine man’. Underpinning her striking appearance was a deep unease about the place of humans in an uncertain world. Were most humans just machines, to be used and abused?

Details

Category:
Human Robotics
Object Number:
2016-343
Materials:
paint and resin (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (standing vertically): Height = 1700 mm x With = 600 mm x Depth = 500 mm
type:
replica
taxonomy:
  • derivative object
  • copy - derivative object
  • reproduction

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