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    TRIO OF INSECT-BEARING AMBER NUGGETS
    Eocene
    Samland Peninsular, Russia

    This Lot represents a fascinating glimpse into the insect life of the 50 million year old forests of the Baltic region of northwestern Russia; resin from the Sciadopitys conifer dribbled slowly down the trunk, capturing these unsuspecting mites in its inexorable path, preserving them for all eternity each in a lovely clear golden prison. Of the three specimens, the largest contains a tiny fungus gnat and has been polished into a oblong cabochon approximately 1½ x 5/8 x 3/8 inches; a slightly larger gall gnat is encased in a triangular cut piece approximately 13/16 x 9/16 x ¼ inches; and another fungus gnat is encased in the third piece, cut into a rectangular slab with two holes drilled through suggesting that the piece was once used as jewelry, approximately 1¼ x ½ x 1/8 inches.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
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