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LARGE FLINT NODULE (2.6 kilograms) - EAST ANGLIA

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LARGE NODULE OF FLINT

 
Natural sculptures that provided inspiration for Henry Moore
  
A fine example of a flint nodule which would make a unique ornament for the home or office. On the surface are fragments of the shells of the bivalve Inoceramus - evidence of the origin of chalk as a sea floor sediment.


The resemblance to a Henry Moore sculpture is no coincidence.  Moore sometimes used flint nodules as inspiration in his Perry Green studios, which were close to the Essex border in East Hertfordshire. 

Please note: Care should be taken when handling this nodule as the shell fragments are sharp. 

WHAT IS FLINT?

Flint is made of quartz, or silica, and was formed in soft, limy mud on the floor of the Chalk Sea some 80 million years ago.  Over millions of years the mud containing the flint nodules was compacted to form chalk, which is the bedrock of much of Southern England. Flint is extremely common in South-east England as broken pieces in fields, gardens or walls, or rounded pebbles on our beaches.  But actual flint nodules, fresh from the Chalk, are less familiar. 

The bizarre shapes of flint nodules are due to flint being formed within and around the burrows of creatures such as sea urchins.  The shape of a flint nodule is therefore often the shape of the animal's burrow.  Flint is black but with a white outer coating, or cortex.  This is an optical effect - the inside is dense and does not reflect light but the outside is porous and full of tiny cavities that reflect light back to the eye. 

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Size:  24 x 18 x 9 centimetres
Weight:  2.6 kilograms

Optional metal stand (£1)

PRICE: £45.00
LARGE FLINT NODULE (2.6 kilograms)  - EAST ANGLIA
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