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    GEM TEKTITE OCTOPUS CARVING
    Libyan Desert Glass
    Sahara Desert, Libya

    Formed 29 million years ago, Tektites found in the Sahara of Libya, also referred to as Libyan Desert Glass, resulted from a meteorite impact; the heat and force of which sent debris high into the atmosphere. Whence it rained down again to Earth, the superheated sand fused into glass. The greenish-yellow glass is quite rare and only found in a remote area of the desert; it is collectible in their own right, but rarely does the imagination of a craftsman lead him to fashion this raw material into such a fine objet as the one presented here. Taking an uncommonly large and clear specimen, the master lapidarist has carved the form of a malevolent-looking octopus, with superb rugose skin texture and a mass of curling tentacles. With a gorgeous translucence and lovely delicate green/yellow color, this exceptional sculpture measures 2¾ x 2 x 1¾ inches.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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