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Bull statue from Moravian cave Býčí skála

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Bull statue from Býčí skála diplayed in Vienna. Some parts are recontructed. Author: Lasy. Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bronze_statue_of_a_bull_(Byci_skala).JPG

Cave “Býčí skála” (Bull Rock), called after this sacred animal from time immemorial, (therefore, surprisingly, its name is not related to its most famous… Continue reading

Obsidian

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Obsidian from Mount Vesuvius, Italy. Author: Pogány Péter. Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Obszidi%C3%A1n(Vezuv)005.jpg

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Obsidian arrow pendant. Source: http://www.wulflund.com/living-history/prehistoric-ages/dark-obsidian-arrow-pendant.html/

Obsidian is naturally occurring volcanic glass; it is formed during cooling at edges of lava field or where lava comes into contact with water. It… Continue reading

Malachite

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Malachite from Gumeševsk, Ural, Russian Federation. National museum collection, Prague, Czech Republic. Source: http://ces.mkcr.cz/cz/psb.php?idpsb=839

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Malachite hall in Winter palace, St. Petersburg. Source: http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/hermitage-museum/state-rooms/

Belonging among general gemstones, malachite has low density and hardness, it is translucent but opaque. It takes… Continue reading

Animals in Celtic culture

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Big animal statues from one piece of wood found in Fellbach Schmiden, Germany, and possible depiction of the remaining part that didn’t preserve. Year 127 BC. Source: http://www.zum.de/Faecher/G/BW/Landeskunde/schwaben/museen/landesmuseum_wttg/mw_fruehgeschichte.htm

Three bronze animal figurines found in Staré Hradisko, Přísnotice, Czech Republic. Source:… Continue reading

Carnelian

Carnelian. Source: book “Drahé kameny” by Jiří Zimák, Vydavatelství Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, 2008

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Necklace made of carnelian and gold, Egyptian New Kingdom (dynasty XVIII-XIX, 1550-1196 BC). Source: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-new-kingdom-gold-and-carnelian-dynasty-1520017-details.aspx?from=salesummary&pos=76&intObjectID=1520017&sid=c6acf991-bb41-40c3-b18b-f99f21742c43

Belonging among general gemstones, carnelian (also cornelian) is a translucent variety… Continue reading