An ostrich egg globe from the Italian Renaissance
It is strange to think how much smaller the world seemed centuries ago. Europeans had no idea a whole other continent existed on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean until 1492 when Colombus discovered America. The changes set off by this event can be seen in many objects that date back to the 16th century.
Such as this globe that contains the earliest known depiction of “The New World.” It was made from a hollowed-out ostrich egg, which was split in half and then glued back together. Its creator is unknown, but it is believed to have been made for a wealthy Italian family in 1502.