From medieval times through the early 1900s, cabinets of curiosities or cabinets of wonder, or kunstkammer, were displayed in houses of privilege. Featuring a range of weird, wonderful, and exotic objects, they were highly treasured for their ability both to educate and amuse.
“The Kunstkammer was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. The Kunstkammer conveyed symbolically the patron’s control of the world through its indoor, microscopic reproduction.”-Francesaco Fiorani
Today, these cabinets have largely fallen out of favor. It is a lot to host an entire armoire of odd props. But the neck or the wrist or finger? These are fairly compact.
Of course there are still options to reproduce the cabinets, in the most delightful ways:
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