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suli.holum
Oct 29, 2020
@rossbeschler i BELIEVE:)
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suli.holum
Oct 29, 2020
@rossbeschler Awesome!
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suli.holum
Oct 29, 2020
Ooooh yes, great idea!
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suli.holum
Oct 25, 2020
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suli.holum
Oct 25, 2020
Thinking about docent text, I did some digging on the Chrystie's website. There's a whole section of auction items from the natural world including fossils etc. The web of connections around this particular object, that which I guess gives it value, is deliciously bizzare. From ET, to Stalin, to birthstones... AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL CRYSTAL BALL This specimen originates from a Seymchan meteorite sample that underwent a number of stages of cutting and then grinding and polishing in a sphere-making device. The crystalline habit of the alloys comprising Seymchan’s iron-nickel matrix are seen to great effect adding to the complexity of this three-dimensional presentation. Dazzling amber-hued olivine and peridot crystals are suspended throughout the iron-nickel matrix which has been etched to reveal the beautiful metallic crystalline structure. Supported on stand. Modern cutting. Like all pallasites, Seymchan formed at the boundary of the stony mantle and molten iron core of an asteroid that shattered following an impact with another asteroid. As might be expected, pallasites are extremely rare and, indeed, they represent less than 0.2% of all known meteorites. Seymchan meteorites are found in the Magadan district of Siberia — the location of Stalin’s infamous gulags. The first two masses were found in a streambed by geologists in the 1960s. Most Seymchan meteorites are non-descript, prosaic masses until they are cut to reveal their internal splendor. To make a sphere of this size requires a mass nearly three times that of the sphere, given the amount of material lost during the grinding and polishing processes. This is a wondrous three-dimensional presentation of a pallasite, revealing aspects of the structure impossible to see in a flat slab. This specimen can rightfully be considered an otherworldly crystal ball with crystals of olivine and peridot (birthstone of August). https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/sculpted-nature-fossils-minerals-meteorites/seymchan-meteorite-sphere-extraterrestrial-crystal-ball-6/101722
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