DescriptionGIBEON METEORITE - TABLETOP SCULPTURE FROM OUTER SPACE
Iron, fine octahedrite - IVA
Great Nama Land, Namibia - (25° 30'S, 18° 0'E)
Recovered by Namibian tribesmen, the shape of this striking iron meteorite is largely due to terrestrialization (exposure to Earth's elements) over a period of thousands of years. The dramatic hollow in the center of this specimen is the result of water having collected in what was previously a far more shallow indentation. This smooth concavity provides a stark yet artful contrast to the animated ridges and scoops that surround it. The seemingly flattened edges seen here are where this meteorite split along crystalline planes. If cut, this meteorite's internal crystalline structure would be identical to the crystalline pattern seen in lot 49073. Both elegant and abstract, and accentuated by a muted earth-tone patina, this singular tabletop sculpture from outer space is accompanied by a custom armature and a Macovich Collection provenance-the world's finest collection of aesthetic iron meteorites. 311 x 335 x 157mm (12.25 x 13.25 x 6.25 inches) and 37.6 kilograms (82.75 pounds).
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