Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Tesseract, Dissected Polyhedron

Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Tesseract, Dissected Polyhedron

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This model of a dissected polyhedron is made from paper and stored in a folded paper box. The dissection is made up of six hinged folded polyhedra that surround a central cube. Rearranged, the hinged pieces form a truncated octahedron. Wheeler called this a model of a soap-film cube or Tesseract. He gave it model number 785.
A mark on the object reads: Container for (/) "Soap Film" cube. Another mark reads: April 193. A third mark reads: 785.
Compare MA.304723.319 and MA.304723.329.
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Object Name
Geometric Model
date made
1931 04
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: 8 cm x 8 cm x 8 cm; 3 5/32 in x 3 5/32 in x 3 5/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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Dissected Polyhedra
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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