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Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Tetrakaidekahedron Third Species

Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Tetrakaidekahedron Third Species

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This cut and folded tan paper model has the general appearance of a cube with a cross-shapped structure on each of its faces. Looking at it more carefully, one finds that each square face of the cube is augmented by four small rectangles in the same plane, one at each vertex. One faceted equilateral triangle interesects each of the eight vertices of the cube. Hence, as the model has fourteen faces, Wheeler considered it a form of tetrakaidekahedron.
A mark on the model reads: TETRAKAIDEKAHEDRON (/) THIRD SPECIES (/) JULY-12-1932. Another mark reads: RS 19. Another mark reads: 9 (/) 25.
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Object Name
Geometric Model
date made
1932 07 12
Wheeler, Albert Harry
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
tan (overall color)
cut and folded (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm; 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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