Geometric Model of A. Harry Wheeler, Great Dodecahedron

Geometric Model of A. Harry Wheeler, Great Dodecahedron

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
This polyhedron has twelve identical intersecting pentagonal planes. The twelve vertices are also identical. The surface is one of two first described by Johannes Kepler in 1619, and now known as a Kepler-Poinsot solid.
This paper model shows the great dodecahedron as the union of a two polyhedral, one black and one tan. A mark reads: Jan-14-1930.
Compare models MA.304722.027, MA.304722.174, MA.304722.499, MA.304722.653, and 1979.0102.230.
H. M. Cundy and A. P. Rollet, Mathematical Models, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1961.
Magnus J. Wenninger, Polyhedron Models, Cambridge: The University Press, 1971, p. 39.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Geometric Model
Other Terms
Geometric Model; Great Dodecahedron
date made
1930 01 14
Wheeler, Albert Harry
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
tan (overall color)
black (overall color)
cut and folded (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 7 cm x 9.7 cm x 7 cm; 2 3/4 in x 3 13/16 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object