Petrified Wood Specimen from a Rare Locality

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Lot 1156W
Petrified Wood Specimen from a Rare Locality

Sold for US$ 750 inc. premium

Natural History

5 Dec 2017, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

Petrified Wood Specimen from a Rare Locality
Burma
100 million years old

When trees fall or are covered by sediment, over time, the organic materials of the wood are replaced with mineral deposits over thousands (if not millions) of years. Most frequently a silicate, such as quartz, is the primary replacement mineral which makes the petrified wood colorful and durable. When these pieces are found and dug up from deep pits, workers spend hundreds of hours hand-polishing each piece (but they do not carve the shape) of these to show the natural coloring and shape of these unique treasures. The present piece is particularly unusual in that the wood had already begun rotting before the woods silicified. The shapes on this piece are all natural, and the luster was brought out with only a slight polish. This wood is more translucent (silica-rich) than most petrified wood, in addition to having the surreal forms and swirls. Its placement on a custom-fitted wooden stand lends it the presence of an elegant contemplation stone in the traditional Chinese manner. Height with stand: 15in
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