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Smooth Old Patinated Surface with some Small Surface Abrasions
Circa 3000 – 2500BC
Size: 7.5cm dia. - 3 ins dia.
NOTE: Similar items required for stock for those examples in known private UK collections with provenance and history
Reputedly purchased at an auction of the contents of Crawford Priory, Cupar, Fife in the 1960’s
Thence by descent
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 7, item no. 56, for another example that was ex Pitt Rivers Museum, Dorset
cf: D.V. Clarke ‘Symbol of Power at the Time of Stonehenge’ Catalogue National Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh 1985 pg. 56-62 and pg. 171 for related examples
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Carefully made of hard stone in the shape of ornamented spheres or platonic solids with carved bosses and facets, these objects argue a sophisticated understanding of geometry by an ancient people. Some people believe they were used for divination purposes, however they are certainly one of the earliest examples of experiments in solid geometry.