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amonaloli12

It's made of amethyst, which is one of the most precious quartz kinds. The vase's originality can be found in numerous places at once. First and foremost, you will notice its excellent craftsmanship, as well as the two holes on the sides.


scifiwoman

It's gorgeous, I love amethyst.


TheIronsided

It could be purple fluorite too.


Fuhgly

Could be, but the color looks more like amethyst. Fluorite looks more royal purple to me


AlgebraicIceKing

Fluorite has a pretty big range in colour. I don't think even geologists/gemologists could easily identify this vase as being one or the other without further examination in person via testing (scratch testing, fluro, etc). Either way, super cool vase.


Fuhgly

That's true. I guess the fault is with me because the only fluorite crystals I'm familiar with are the deep purple cubic fluorite crystals.


AlgebraicIceKing

No fault. Love the cubic structure! I’ve seen them in various shades of green, purple, yellow, and red.


TheIronsided

It’s pretty old though too. The claim is 2900 years ago, I am amazed at the color from all this time. Uv normally fades this kind of thing too so imagine the colors back then. For it to be unearthed in such condition is just wild.


Gobsnoot

It takes more energetic light than UV to affect most gemstones (amethyst, ruby, topaz, etc.). Usually only gamma rays have sufficient energy to damage the crystals; and normally not by knocking an atom out of place, but rather by causing it to be converted to a neighboring isotope.


TheIronsided

Interesting thanks for sharing


sillEllis

Kunzite *will* fade in sunlight (uv) and heat. Heck there are reports if it fading in halogen lights, but over years.


Fuhgly

Definitely. Crazy how this piece has stood the test of time. We're lucky to now have it.


sillEllis

Depends on where it was kept. If it was outside all the time, maybe. If it was inside, I don't think uv would bother it much.


Rugged_Refined

I'm pretty sure this has been studied thoroughly and redditors speculating on what else it could be makes no sense.


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Rugged_Refined

I guess, didn't realize I was choosing a road to go down. But I don't think I'm the dummy here.


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Rugged_Refined

Thanks!


Complete-Parking2134

You are dumb.


flo33331

"me much intelligent, I must show others my superiority"


bakedbeansandwhich

how ironic that you're also yourself speculating.. instead of typing another pointless comment why not break the mould and find said source info, since you aren't enjoying this conversation


kermityfrog

Post proof or source.


FoboBoggins

> The vase's originality can be found in numerous places at once. i dont understand what this refers too


technicolored_dreams

[This sold at Christie's in 2012,](https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5609447) it's described as: >A NEO-ASSYRIAN AMETHYST VASE CIRCA 8TH CENTURY B.C. Of ovoid form, with short cylindrical neck and overhanging disc rim, the mouth flat with a descending step framing the central opening, the interior hollowed out, with two trapezoidal lugs on the shoulders, drilled horizontally for suspension 2 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) high Does anybody know what the significance is of it being found before 1980?


iaincaradoc

There are a lot of antiquities out there with "acquired prior to 1980" in their provenance, so I'd have to bet that it's related to one or another law(s) passed in 1980 regarding the private possession and/or sale of certain historical pieces.


Beastybeast

Yup, this is exactly it. When the provenance is unclear, or the item was known to have been acquired illegally, an auction house will claim that the item was found/bought "before 1980" so as to avoid any legal repercussions. Most items labelled as such were found/bought after 1980, usually within a couple of years of the auction sale. Many ancient artifacts looted by the Al-Qaeda, Taliban and ISIL have been sold in this way. They go through multiple buyers before ending up at the large auction houses, mostly through untraceable cash transactions.


StuntFriar

What is the capital of Assyria?


nuclearbuttstuff

My first thought also. Classic.


WaceMindo

I don't know that!


floydopedia

*gets flung off the Bridge of Death*


jonitfcfan

r/unexpectedMontyPython


StuntFriar

Nobody expects the Monty Python


Cheap_Ad_69

Assur for the most part


StuntFriar

What kind? African or European?


Cheap_Ad_69

South American obviously


nep2ne3

The first one, A.


JaboyMaceWindu

Fascinated with how advanced the assyrian empire was, what were some other amazing achievements?


VenusValkyrieJH

This is so beautiful!!!!! Wow! I love seeing old things like this because you know they carry amazing stories.


ViciousKiwi_MoW

Looks like it's carved out of a gem, neat


TheLaziestPotato

Its made of amethyst


TheLaziestPotato

u/profanitycounter


pinkyseason

LEAN VASE 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜


ILucyUHere

Cool, is it amethyst? Looks like there is nebula inside!


ExcitementOrdinary95

Def


ILucyUHere

I like how it looks sort of magical.


lockmama

Absolutely beautiful


jangodarkblade69

Thought it was a frozen butt plug.


Vaughtzilla1981

It actually could be an ancient butt plug. Nobody is alive from that time to tell us exactly how this was used or what it was used for.


iaincaradoc

According to the [Christie's listing](https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5609447) posted by u/technicolored_dreams, it's 2 1/8" (7.9cm) tall. I'd have to bet against "butt plug."


M40A1

You sir, have not explored the internet enough.


iaincaradoc

I never said it wasn't possible. I said I'd have to bet against it. I've been on the internet since before the Eternal September began. *I have seen* ***things that cannot be unseen.***


Vaughtzilla1981

Were you there?


JustAFluffyDude

Glad I wasn’t the only one 😅


pistolbob

Wat da ancient Assyrian vase doin


ILoveToEatMyCatsPopo

Leanin'


blue_dusk1

I don’t much, but I do know that whatever went in this, it gave the person drinking it a boost to their mana pool…or magic resistance


spoonlips76

Heh heh heh ASSyria


meester13T

The remains of Nurhachi’s queen - Indiana Jones probably


alec994

Is that scorpions in the middle of it?


maine64

chibi amphora


theory_until

Updoot for that mashup of cultures across millennia...


markyaeger

My people!!!


hassanzafarr

Wow i love amythyst. Did anyone know how much it's sold for?


Warthog32332

So I'm confused, would this have been carved out of one giant crystal? Or did it come from smaller pieces being put together?


Yuri909

Carved/drilled. Likely just using more dense stone and possibly sand. Sand drilling is a pretty old technique where you take a pointed rock hafted to a stick and spin it quickly by rubbing your hands with sand below it to help carve softer material. [Source: former archeologist]


Warthog32332

That's amazing. It's also amazing to me that pieces of crystal big enough to be carved like this could even be found and extracted without modern stuff. Pretty mindblowing, ty for the info!


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That's a cool fuckin' vase right there


KanaydianDragon

Damn, I would love something like this. Even a knockoff, as long as it looks just like this.


colarthur1

“Actually it is pronounced vase.”


Rainbow_mama

Amethyst is so beautiful


PolloChief

Imagine how tough it would be to carve this out of amethyst, and also making it so that if you draw a midline, it would be two identical halves.


theory_until

> if you draw a midline, it would be two identical halves. Symmetrical!


Wise_Comedian9645

Antique monster buttplug🥵


JamesRWC

YOOOO!! LETS BREAK OUT IVAN OOZE!!


FreemanTH

Stamina potion


IcarianHeights

Absolutely beautiful!!!


ThickWardrobe

A truly fascinating vase. The color is so attractive?


Mo_Jack

how does in not roll over?


meesa-jar-jar-binks

Don‘t let Lao Che see this post.


tyranimich

Amazing…


LoutishIstionse

Oh, a potion with both health and mana. Nice! And it appears to be around 80 years old. 90 percent, maybe?


Korvas576

This vase is brighter than my future


GreatGooglyMoogly077

Early lava-lamp.


redditmydna

Hey, if someone sits on that and then has to have it surgically removed...is that a vasectomy? Asking for a friend.


discoteqa

Did the Anunnaki help?


ineedmoreslee

The internet has ruined me.


malan4reddit

Amazing


stink_bot

Put that puppy up on eBay!


Top-Country6570

LEAN🟪🟪🟪🟪🟪🟣🟣🟣🟣💜💜💜


Skipperdink

Jolly rancher


Designer-Dare-3457

Antiques roadshow: worth $800 Also antiques roadshow: this ball of lint belonging to your grandpa who wasn’t famous at all or anything is worth $10,000.


No-Structure8753

If this is possible then why are the crystal skulls allegedly so special?


verturshu

Now it’s in a private collection. Yay. :)


Polycount2084

Estus


haha0673

LEAN VASE ☮🕎♊🕉☸😈♉♉💜💟🍆♊🕎💟💟☸♊😈🎶😈🕎♉😈💟🎶🍆💟☂️🔯🎵🚺💟☸♊😈♉💜🍆😈♉☸🎵🕎♉🎶💟🚺💟🚺♊🚺💟☂️♉☂️🍆🕎♉☂️💜☂️♊💟🕎♊🕎🍆🎶♉☂️♉💜💜💜💟♊💜☸😈😈😈


33446shaba

How many years did that take to make with the tools they had at the time.


Vaughtzilla1981

No many years. Even with rudimentary tools a vase/buttplugg wouldn't take years to carve.


33446shaba

Im thinking of all the failed attempts before. But hey if you like pretty things in your butt make you feel good more power to ya.


hometown45

So, I guess the person who made it is dead now?