DescriptionRed Crinoidal Marble Bowl
New South Wales Australia
An interesting dichotomy arises when viewing this decorative and practical bowl. The top of the bowl has been stunningly cut and polished to reveal an intricate pinkish-red hue which contains hundreds of Crinoid fossils. The remainder of the bowl has been left rough with the bottom having been flattened to allow for ease of display. Crinoids used to crowd the prehistoric ocean floors some 300 million years ago, and these creatures are now preserved in this beautiful marble. This ancient artistic curiosity is in excellent condition and was hewn from one of only four blocks of material containing the fossils that came out during mining operations.
Overall Measurements: 10.63 x 8.27 x 3.74 inches (27.00 x 21.00 x 9.50 cm)
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500.
Condition report available upon request.
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