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    LARGE LEAF IN AMBER
    Hymenaea protera
    Oligocene
    Dominican Republic

    The name Amber comes from the old Arabic word anbargris, or ambergris, the oily perfumed substance produced in the digestive tract of the sperm whale. The Romans knew it as suceinum, or gum-stone, and by the presence of insects and small recognizable pieces of floral matter trapped within, correctly deduced that it had once had a liquid form. They were right: amber is the fossilized sap of ancient prehistoric trees. Perhaps the perfect example is one such as this, in which a leaf from perhaps the very tree itself is captured for all eternity, in perfect detail and with perfect clarity. Of particularly large size, it is preserved in a lovely polished golden nugget of triangular form, ¾ inch long.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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