Silver on Acanthite
Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draa Region, Morocco
Miniature, 4.3 x 4.1 x 2.1 cm
Complexly turning, elegant wires with great luster and twisty form, robust and yet bendable at the same time, look like they are shooting off this crystallized acanthite matrix. The complexity of the silver wires is actually more apparent in person - these are not "rounded" at all, and in fact the wires have long shallow grooves running from bottom to top. Superbly balanced, this is good from either side and is one of the finest miniatures for aesthetics, that I have seen in this material. From a 2008 find at the famous Imiter Mine, this is a stashed specimen picked from the original lots that came out at the time.