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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Accession Number: 
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.
Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library
Rakow Library, Corning Museum of Glass 2017-04-08 through 2018-02-17
From advertisements for glass eyes to patents for preserving the dead in glass; from glasshouse dollars to drawings by worldfamous artists such as Salvador Dali and Georgia O’Keeffe. These are some of the rarely seen wonders in Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library. Artists, researchers, authors, and glass enthusiasts of all kinds use the Rakow Library’s holdings to learn more about glass, which often leads to voyages of discovery in unexpected directions. Come discover how the rare collections and curiosities in the Rakow Library have inspired others and how they can inspire you.
Corning Museum of Glass 2007-04-01 through 2007-10-21
West Bridge Show; traveling to The Gallery at Steuben in 2008 (cancelled 6-2008)
Din Lumea Larga (2007-07) illustrated, p. 35;
Curiously Interesting: The Corning Museum of Glass Presents All things Odd and Glass (2007-06) illustrated, p. 18;
Curiosities of Glassmaking (2007-04-02) illustrated, p. 8A;
The Gather (2007) illustrated, p. 6;
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