Voloshin’s Egg, 2016

Hand-carved Amygdaloidal Basalt

The black spotty outer box is made of Amygdaloidal basalt from a beach at Biostancia, in eastern Crimea, and was obtained in 2015. The basalt is known locally known as ‘frog stones’ due to its spotty appearance. The white spots are the amygdales, which began as air bubbles in volcanic lava, and later filled with white various minerals including chalcedony.

Amygdaloidal basalt was used by the regional modernist arts community, which was founded at Koktobel by poet Maximilian Voloshin (1877-1932), to form uncut quasi-figurative sculptures during the Russian Symbolist Movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Height 9cm (3 1/2")
Width 7.5cm (3")
Depth 6.5cm (2 1/2")


Private Collection, Germany, 2021



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