This is the worldâ€™s first camera, the very one used by Frenchman Joseph Nicephore Niepce to produce the first permanent photograph in 1827.
Itâ€™s on display right now in Beijing, Chinaâ€™s Capital Museum, where a month-long exhibition presenting the history of photography is underway.
The primitive camera is a sliding wooden box design which Niepce used with a bitumen-coated pewter plate to capture an image.
â€œNaissance de la photographie : une invention franÃ§aiseâ€ (Birth of Photography : A French Invention) runs up to May 12, 2007. It is showcasing 117 items from the French inventor and photography belonging to the Niepce Museum.