Curiosity and ingenuity - Scientific Collections and Experimentation at Padova in the 18th Century
Fragment of Nautilus shell
Complete skeleton of a human foetus
Opere fisico-mediche
Sundial called an equatorial or equinox clock
Fragment of Nautilus shell
Narwhal tooth
Shell mounted onto a candelabra
Rhinoceros horn with brass base


The outer layer of the the Nautilus shell was removed to reveal the underlying mother-of-pearl layer which was then engraved with female figures and animals. Storied nautilae, considered both rarities of nature and works of art, were among the most typical objects of collections between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries .

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