Gyrolite, Apophyllite-(Kf)
Lonavale (Lonavala), Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra, India
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 5.0 x 2.3 cm
This is an old piece from the 1980s, with a very old Smale label but also a style indicative of those quarries closer in to Bombay, now covered by parking lots and shopping malls. It formed as a solid plate, an encrustation upon rock that later popped clean off its host as it grew, and now is a freestanding sculptural daisy chain of interconnected gyrolite balls. Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale Collection.