OF THIS ITEM
Amazing Egg of an Aepyornis Maximus from Madagascar, Extinct Elephant BirdAn enormous egg reconstituted from large and small, all authentic, Aepyornis eggshell fragments that are found in the southern sands of Madagascar.
The pieces are sorted, then bonded together, back to the original shape ; the finished item is quite solid.
Of course, it is extremely difficult for the local finders to gather the complete set of all the original pieces.
The fragments' varying colors are due to the changes in the ground environment where they were found.
This egg was slighty polished for a more aesthetique finish !
In comparison, an Aepyornis egg holds a volume 8 to 12 times greater than that of an ostrich ; and represents the equivalent of 170 hen's eggs !
Dating : On site, these eggshells are dated to be around 20 000 years old, but they could be a bit younger or possibly older... still, definitly 'subfossils'.
Origin : Madagascar
Size ( egg only ) : 12 5/8 inches X 9 1/2 inches or 32 cm X 24 cm
Weight ( egg only ) : 1700 g
Condition : Intact !