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Model of the Human Eye

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Stephan Zick (1639–1715)around 1680Nurembergturned ivory and bone, partly colorfully composed, horn, glass, paperh: 7cm; diameter at the base: 4cm

The Nuremberg workshop of the ivory turner Stephan Zick is well known for its anatomic models, like this one of the human eye, which can be disassembled into many individual pieces. However, pieces like this were rarely used for teaching purposes in medical deliberations. The valuable material and the delicate artistic workmanship show, that already in the production period, such models were considered as “Artificialia”, that is artistic objects of the highest rank. Even more than other works of art, they show the great interest of humans to pierce the divine creation.