Wun­der Of Wun­ders!

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Raise your hand if you don’t know what a Wun­derkam­mer is. Also known as “cab­i­nets of cu­riosi­ties,” these in­trigu­ing col­lec­tions of quirky ob­jects ap­peared in the Re­nais­sance and Baroque pe­ri­ods, and in­cluded all kinds of strange items fall­ing into at least one of the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: pre­cious art­works ( ar­ti­fi­cialia), rare phe­nom­ena of na­ture ( nat­u­ralia), sci­en­tific in­stru­ments ( sci­en­tifica), ex­otic items ( ex­ot­ica), or in­ex­pli­ca­ble things ( mirabilia). Col­lec­tor Thomas Ol­bricht, founder of the me Col­lec­tors Room (p. 48), has spent years gath­er­ing the most unique (and some­times creepy) lit­tle ob­jects, and his Wun­derkam­mer is now one of the most im­por­tant of its kind. Gaze at minia­ture skele­tons, the tusk of a nar­whal pre­sented as the re­mains of a uni­corn, a chal­ice de­pict­ing Brazil­ian can­ni­bals, or the pre­served spec­i­men of a Nile crocodile.

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