Exceptional Amber Specimen with Botanical Inclusions

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Lot 2427
Exceptional Amber Specimen with Botanical Inclusions

US$ 8,000 - 10,000
£ 6,000 - 7,500
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Natural History

6 Dec 2009, 11:00 PST

Los Angeles

Exceptional Amber Specimen with Botanical Inclusions
Oligocene
La Bucara Mine, Dominican Republic

While insect inclusions in Dominican amber are fairly common, botanical specimens are rarely seen. Fully polished on all sides, this hand-sized piece features an exquisitely preserved Hymenaea , a tropical flower. The Dominican Republic resin tree was Hymenaea protera which had its origins in Africa. A close relatives of this tree is the Hymenaea verrucosa, which still exists within the sub continent of Africa and on some of the West Indian islands. The Buscara mine is renowned for producing specimens that are capable of achieving the highest polish of all Dominican amber. It was stated by the miner that this is perhaps the finest botanical specimen ever found during his career. Measuring 3 3/8 x 1 ½ x 1in

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