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Maintaining cabinets of curiosities evolved during the Renaissance- Baroque period. In these collectors’ rooms precious artworks (artificialia), rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), objects from strange worlds (exotica), and inexplicable items (mirabilia) were preserved. They reflected the standard of knowledge and view of the world at that time.

Maintaining cabinets of curiosities evolved during the Renaissance- Baroque period. In these collectors’ rooms precious artworks (artificialia), rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), objects from strange worlds (exotica), and inexplicable items (mirabilia) were preserved. They reflected the standard of knowledge and view of the world at that time.

"The cabinet refers both to a piece of furniture and the setting in which these curiosities are kept."

"The cabinet refers both to a piece of furniture and the setting in which these curiosities are kept."

A private cabinet of curiosities. Items include from top left, red coral, venus flower basket, macaw skull, Tibetan shrine, lens condenser, spiny shell, chinese ink case, sea bird skull, microscope and miniature book, Thai Buddhist idol, ostrich skull, starving Budda figure and handaxe, medical specimen skull, plaster brain model, chinese compass clock, Tasli Russian devil, giant barnacles, preserved fish, mammoth tooth, carved dragon.

A private cabinet of curiosities. Items include from top left, red coral, venus flower basket, macaw skull, Tibetan shrine, lens condenser, spiny shell, chinese ink case, sea bird skull, microscope and miniature book, Thai Buddhist idol, ostrich skull, starving Budda figure and handaxe, medical specimen skull, plaster brain model, chinese compass clock, Tasli Russian devil, giant barnacles, preserved fish, mammoth tooth, carved dragon.

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