Wessels Mine, Cape Province, South Africa
This friendly creature may be a mouse but certainly does not appear to behave like one. This irresistible little pet is carved from fine South African Sugilite which exhibits the characteristic blend of rich violet purple and deep black so very representative of this relatively rare mineral. Also known as lavulite, it was first described in 1944 by a Japanese petrologist and has been sought after ever since. This delightful carving measures 3 inches (7.62 cm) tall, 1 inch (2.54 cm) wide and 2 inches (5.08 cm) deep, and has Garnet eyes.
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
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