Optical Model of the Eye

Object Name: 
Optical Model of the Eye

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Object Name: 
Optical Model of the Eye
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Overall H: 17.6 cm, W: 7.6 cm, D: 10.3 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
The French philosopher René Descartes suggested in 1637 that in order to understand the optical properties of the eye, one should study the eyeball of a recently deceased man or that of a freshly killed large animal. Beginning in the late 17th century, optical models provided a more convenient alternative. The lens of the model projects an inverted and reversed image onto a matted screen on the back. Two lenses can be placed in front of the eye to demonstrate the function of corrective lenses for near- and farsightedness.
Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Source
176 / K33 VIII
Paint? On top of base. White text.
176 K33 4
Paint? Underside of base. White text.
Sticker On underside of base. Green sticker with black text.
Primary Description: 
Colorless, opaque white glass; brass, enamel?. Brass stand with cylindrical stem supporting a brass ball, which incorporates a lens shaped like an eye, and a tube with a matted screen, which shows the image seen through the eye upside-down. Attached to the stem are two correction lenses, which can be flipped in front of the eye.
Corning Museum of Glass 2007-04-01 through 2007-10-21
West Bridge Show
Simulation in Healthcare Education: An Extensive History (2016) illustrated, p. 366 (fig. 8.46 b); BIB# 140655
Din Lumea Larga (2007-07) illustrated, p. 35;
Curiosities of Glassmaking (2007-04-02) illustrated, p. 8A;
The Gather (2007) illustrated, p. 6; BIB# AI75852
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2004 (2005) illustrated, cover, ff; BIB# AI90240
Recent Important Acquisitions, 47 (2005) illustrated, pp. 222-223, #14; BIB# AI66969
Recent Important Acquisitions, 47 (2005) illustrated, pp. 222-223, #14; BIB# AI66969
Recent Acquisitions (2005) illustrated, p. 14, far left; BIB# AI65630