Superlative Sea Lily Plaque

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Lot 9109W
Superlative Sea Lily Plaque

US$ 18,000 - 22,000
£ 14,000 - 17,000

Natural History

30 Apr 2008, 13:00 EDT

New York

Superlative Sea Lily Plaque
Seirocrinus subangularis
Lower Jurassic
Holzmaden, Germany

During the Jurassic Age, in the area now known as Germany, tropical reef islands dotted a warm shallow sea. Of the marine life that thrived during this period, the crinoid, or sea lily, is one of least recognizable to the human eye. In appearance, it is plant-like; yet, these were animals that attached themselves to pieces of driftwood and passively sifted food from the tropical ocean waters with their blossom-like calyxes. The sea lily is arguably the most beautiful and decorative species from the classic black shales of Holzmaden. From a collection amassed during the 1940’s, this magnificent plaque was originally used as a table. It was recently professionally prepared and now exhibits a stunning multidimensional presence with highly decorative visual impact. Measures 27 ¾ x 39in
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