Stunning 19th century glass invertebrates

The Design Museum is displaying a collection of stunning glass sea creatures.  They were created by a father-son team in the late 19th century as anatomical specimens. Since the artists were working from descriptions and shriveled preserved specimens, the level of detail and beauty in the models is particularly amazing.

These were rediscovered in the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum and restored.

A doliolid (open-ocean tunicate):

A open-ocean octopus:

A soft coral:

Via io9 and Martini-Corona

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7 Responses to Stunning 19th century glass invertebrates

  1. Jason R says:

    Looks like Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Here’s a photo I took of some glass rotifers at the American Museum of Natural History.

  2. Irradiatus says:

    Those are glass?!

    How the hell did they make those Octopuses (Octopi – or rather, Octopodes since it’s a Greek root)?

    Beautiful!

  3. Blue says:

    These are beautiful. If you’re near Massachusetts, you can see 58 beautiful Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka marine invertebrate models in a stunning exhibition, Sea Creatures in Glass on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on the University campus in Cambridge, MA. The exhibit is the first display in Cambridge since the 19th century of the 429 Blaschka marine models in the collections of the University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Some will remain on display, along with the world famous Harvard “Glass Flowers” created by the same Blaschka father-son team, but the Sea Creatures exhibition will close March 1, 2009.

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