Fine Art Asia Pavilion 典亞藝博展亭: David Aaron


Large iridescent ammonite
From the Upper Cretaceous, Bearpaw Formation, c. 75-72 million years ago
Fossilized ammonite
H. 36 x W. 42.5 cm
Provenance: Discovered in the Bearpaw formation, Alberta, Canada;
Accompanied by Canadian export license and copy of original land permit agreement where this fossil was discovered.

上白堊紀, 熊掌頁岩地層, 約7500-7200萬年前
高. 36 x 寬. 42.5公分
來源:發掘於加拿大阿爾伯塔省熊掌頁岩地層; 附加拿大出口證書及該化石發現地土地許可證原件之副本。

Ammonites are extinct molluscs of the class Cephalopoda, order Ammonoidea. Ammonite is a palaeontological term applied to a group of extinct marine cephalopods- squid-like organisms with disk-shaped coiled shells that are divided internally into chambers that were particularly abundant during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (about 200 to 65 million years ago). This brightly coloured ammonite, considered an organic gemstone fossil, was obtained from the Bearpaw Formation which is a geologic formation of Late Cretaceous (Campanian) age. It outcrops in the U.S. state of Montana, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and was named for the Bear Paw Mountains in Montana. These complete ammonites are amongst some of the most sought-after fossils in the world. Known for their rarity and vibrant colours finding specimens of this scale are few and far between. The opal-like iridescence on the outer shell is a unique and beguiling effect caused by light interference and diffraction through lots of fossilised shell layers. Prismatic colours of red, green, blue, orange and purple reflect light from every angle, this chromatic shift transforms the appearance of the fossil from one position to another. This remarkable gemstone takes millions of years of compression and mineralization to form.