Illuminated giant clam / rose quartz ball
Lot 2204W
Giant Clamshell on Illuminated Base
Sold for US$ 7,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
Giant Clamshell on Illuminated Base
Tridacna gigas
Pleistocene
Indonesia

A magnificent giant clamshell surmounts a unique steel base with inset rose quartz, which glows when lighted. The giant clam is the largest living bivalve mollusk. Its average lifespan, in the wild, is 100 years or more. This animal's mantle tissues act as a habitat for the symbiotic single-celled algae from which it derives its nutrition. By day, the clam spreads out its mantle tissue so that the algae receive sunlight for photosynthesis.
Shell measures 39 x 24 x 12in; Overall height 42in
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