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A Rare Russian Mineral Spar Tower (1800 to 1900 Russian)
Mineral Spar TowerDimensions
31.00cm high (12.20 inches high)Provenance
Provenance : From the collection of the late Dick Moy, Greenwich, London
Unquestioning belief in the mystical characteristics of gemstones and minerals in ancient times was coupled with trust in their medical values. Pliny the Elder ( AD 23 – 79 ) in his 37 volume ‘Historia Naturalis’ recorded that the ancients thought red stones such as carnelian, garnet and ruby were good for treating all sorts of bleeding and inflammation whilst green stones were reserved for eye diseases. Amethyst in fact owes its name to the Greek expression ‘not to be intoxicated’ !
A Rare Russian Mineral Spar Tower