DescriptionAMBER AMMONITE CARVING
This fetching sculpture has been artfully carved from a large piece of Amber, selected for its stunning clarity. Oozing down the trunk of a Hymenaea tree 25 million years ago, the sticky resinous sap would engulf any detritus in its path, trapping it forever as it hardened. The present piece contains traces of some floral debris, but is otherwise, largely free from inclusions and glows with the wonderful golden-brown hue of honey with undertones of green. Appropriate to the material's prehistoric origin, a highly skilled lapidarist has fashioned this piece of amber into the familiar form of a coiled Ammonite, with finely-defined shell contours and large scooped opening, on an integrated "matrix" foot, 4½ x 3¾ x 1¼ inches (11 x 9.5 x 3 cm).
Estimate: $3,400 - $4,000.
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