Description

    PETRIFIED LOG
    Unidentified species
    Miocene
    Indonesia

    This delightful log is from the beautiful petrified wood deposits of Indonesia. Millions of years ago, the area was blanketed with thick rainforest and dotted with volcanoes; when the volcanoes erupted, some of the trees that grew on their slopes were instantly destroyed, but others at a slightly greater distance were completely buried in silica mineral-rich volcanic ash. This protected the wood from the elements and prevented their decay, and slowly, over millions of years, the silica minerals (quartz, chalcedony, jasper) were carried by water seeping into the wood and replaced the structure of the original tree on a microscopic level, atom by atom. So fine is this process of replacement that the cellular structure can still be observed. The quality of the fossilization on this piece also extends to the superb bark texture that covers the whole of the exterior, with a lovely egg-shell white shade, in fine contrast to the cut and polished face; the interior structure is perfectly visible in soft creamy shades, beautifully offset by warm earthy red coloring around the edges. A fine decorative piece, it stands 29 5/8 inches high with a 15½ x 16-inch footprint.


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    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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