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Science and education | 1500 up to 1550 | Mecklenburg until 1945

Glasses with leather frame

360° Ansicht
  • Nuremberg?
  • early 16th century
  • length: 9.5 cm

Reading aids have been around since the late Middle Ages but were expensive. The glasses apparently belonged to a nun from the Poor Clare Convent in Ribnitz. It is believed that, after getting damaged, they were hidden under the nun’s pew so as not to jeopardise their wonderful powers as an optical aid by carelessly throwing them away. Similar glasses were found in convents in Lüneburger Heath.

Text: A. A.

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Deutsches Bernsteinmuseum Ribnitz-Damgarten

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Deutsches Bernsteinmuseum Ribnitz-Damgarten

Im Kloster 1-2
18311 Ribnitz-Damgarten