Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Kombat Mine, Kombat, Grootfontein, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia

    "A shiny sharp transparent twinned crystal about 1.5 inches. Bought from a miner in at Kombat."
    - Rock H. Currier

    Mother Nature did it to us again. We humans thought we were so clever thinking up lead crystal for chandeliers and brandy decanters and the like. Well, Nature got there ahead of us. While our nearest relatives were eating bugs and hanging upside-down from tree limbs, trickling groundwater at an obscure site in Africa dissolved some lead minerals here and then re-deposited that same lead there with a little help from the local limestone. The result, as the miners who unearthed them at the Kombat Mine discovered, were lustrous, sparkling 'arrowheads' displaying all of the prismatic colors of lead crystal, flashing in the bright African sun that lit them in the miner's calloused hand. This find was another one-off deal with no encore performances to date.
    Overall Measurements: 1.4 x 1.8 x 0.8 inches (3.5 x 4.5 x 2.0 cm)
    Offered at no reserve

    Provenance: Bought directly from a miner in Kombat [RHC #4476, acquired 1980]

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    26th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 28
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,637

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on Aug 26, 2019 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2022 July 8 Ethnographic Art American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Art Signature® Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    From the preview party to the last lot to go under the hammer, everything was done in a remarkably professional manner.
    Richard de Thuin,
    Waldoboro, ME
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search