Fragile! Handle with care!

Jellyfish are composed of 95% water. Their thin tissue is difficult to preserve and to exhibit. For this reason, between 1860 and 1936 the glassblower Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolph developed a special technique to make jellyfish and other animals out of glass. Their models became famous and were sought after by museums and universities. Unfortunately only a few hundred of the thousands of fragile models are still in existence. In Austria, the University of Vienna owns a notable collection.  At the moment a number of their models are on display in Hall 50 on second floor. © NHM Wien, Kurt Kracher