Lot 348: Hematite. A large piece of 'Kidney Ore' Hematite, from Cumberland, a cluster of reddish brown Hematite with a lustrous surface, width 21cm, height 15cm. Hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide (Fe2O3). It is an important ore of iron and its blood red color (in the powdered form) lends itself well to use as a pigment. Hematite gets its name from a Greek word meaning blood-like because of the color of its powder. Ancient superstition held that large deposits of hematite formed from battles that were fought and the subsequent blood that flowed into the ground. Very dense and heavy, Hematite is sometimes used in jewelry, either as black reflective stones or as a carved individual item. (1)
Dominic Winter's Printed Books, Maps & Ephemera Auction June 2015
Wednesday, 10th June 2015
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