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Skull Carved Out of an Iron Meteorite

American artist Lee Downey carved a 46.5-pound skull out of an iron Gibeon meteorite that fell to earth in Namibia, Africa.

Downey said:

Of any material I could think of to fashion an accurate human skull out of, this Gibeon meteorite best embodies the "mystery" most acutely. I call him The Traveler... a true time traveler. Coming in from the asteroid belt, 4 billion years old and counting...crossing over and crystallizing in the pure vacuum of space...then crashing onto the face of earth...collected by tribesmen in Africa, making its way to America, continuing on to Asia...to be meticulously cared for, worked over, lavishly transformed by human hands....into a thing of exquisitely rare beauty.... the architecturally "perfect" form of the brain vessel.
A symbol of death, of eternity, of immortality, of demise and rebirth. This guy has made an amazing journey and it's composed of pure natural symmetry. Nothing neutral about this artifact, it carries huge gravity and spending time with it is oddly humbling."

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I love it! Its awesome! What a fantastic medium to carve a skull from. I can picture several things that would look fabulous using iron meteorite....
a dark fantasy castle or tower, panther, elephant, etc. It doesn't say how Downey came about receiving the opportunity to work with the piece of Gibeon meteorite but lucky him!
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