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Spectacles and Embroidered Spectacle Cases from China in the Náprstek Museum

Authors
  • Heroldová, Helena
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of the Náprstek Museum
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2019
Volume
40
Issue
1
Pages
103–120
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/anpm-2019-0007
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Spectacles from China appear in many museum collections, and they are popular collectibles in private collections. The collection of ten spectacles and their cases in the Náprstek Museum in Prague shows its technological and material development from the pince-nez type in the second half of the 19th century to early 20th century tortoiseshell and plastic spectacles. As signs of learning, these different types of spectacles and their cases show their social context and meaning in Chinese society during the transition period from the traditional to the modern era.

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