Polished ammonite, Madagascar
A polished ammonite fossil from Majunga, Madagascar, and dates from the Cretaceous period, 145 - 66 million years ago. It is in lovely warm shades of brown and also shows a flash of red! It is discreetly and permanently attached to a gold coloured stand.
Ammonites are extinct relatives of modern day nautiloids and squid. The largest known ammonite in the world would have been 8 1/2 feet (2.59 metres) across if it were complete, so although this is a fairly large piece in 1:12 scale it is entirely appropriate.
1 1/16 inches (2.7 cm) wide, 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) deep and 1 inch (2.5 cm) tall.