Date of carving: Nov 2015
Type of meteorite: Gibeon found in Namibia
News source: http://www.junk-culture.com/2015/11/yorick-unique-life-size-skull-carved.html
Here is something you don't see everyday, a meteorite thats been carved into a human skull. Often I wonder about the material that makes up these metal meteorites...are they normal, or could some of them be made from nano technology? Not all of course, but there is always a chance of such things. Also note, that the crystal pattern is only seen in meteorites and not seen on minerals on Earth. Like some kind of amazing matrix crystallisation. Anyways, this is cool.
Scott C. Waring
A rare and singular combination of natural history and modern art, Lee Downey's “Yorick.” is a life-size skull carved from a large Gibeon meteorite that crashed in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia a thousand years ago. An artist who is known for selecting exotic materials with which to work, Downey acid-etched the carving to uncover the Gibeon meteorite's singular, lattice-like pattern. "A symbol of death, of eternity, of immortality, of demise and rebirth." he explains, "Of any material I could think of to fashion an accurate human skull out of, this Gibeon meteorite best embodies the 'mystery' most acutely." The astonishing piece will be auctioned by Bonhams on November 24th 2015 and has already been estimated at around $400,000.