Chondrite - H6
    Kyushu, Japan - (33° 17'N, 130° 12'E)
    Examples of Japanese meteorites are very difficult to obtain, as Japanese culture treats meteorites as sacred objects and its meteorite collecting community is robust. Some Japanese meteorites can only be found at the Buddhist shrines to which they were offered shortly following their arrival. Due to rarity, Japanese meteorites are worth more, and the current offering is an historic example. On June 8, 1741 - a time when the origin of meteorites was not yet understood - four meteorites with a total known weight of 14 kg fell on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Their plunge through Earth's atmosphere was reportedly accompanied by loud, thunder-like sounds. Thought to have fallen from the loom of the goddess Shokujo, the meteorites were collected and preserved for worship in a temple, where they became part of an annual re-offering to Shokujo over the centuries. The British Museum of Natural History was able to obtain the largest of the four meteorites and the partial slice offered here is from that specimen. With two edges of fusion crust, this is a difficult to obtain meteorite available only once in a blue moon. 67 x 32 x 2mm (2.66 x 1.25 x 0.1 inches) and 17.30 grams.

    Provenance: British Museum of Natural History, London

    Estimate: $4,500 - $5,500.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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