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Cross - Bone, Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, circa 1888 Object Reg. No: SH 960197

This bone cross was produced as a souvenir of the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition of 1888. Most likely of British manufacture, the image on the cross has been made micro-photographically, i.e. by using optical reduction to make a tiny photograph.
from an etching.

Visitors to the Exhibition who purchased a novelty like this souvenir were buying an example of the nineteenth century ingenuity and technical achievement which the Exhibition Commissioners had set out to celebrate.
Small carved bone cross. The bone is carved with circles and indented patterns. In the centre of the cross is a tiny lens, through which a microscopically-small image of the Exhibition Building, Melbourne can be seen. The image, from an etching, has been made microphotographically, i.e. by using optical reduction to make a tiny photograph.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4.50 cm (Height), 0.50 cm (Width), 3.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: clothing accessories, exhibitions melbourne international centennial 1888-1889, jewellery
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne Centennial Exhibition 1888
Tertiary Classification: ornaments
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888-1889
Place & Date of Event: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888-1889
References: E.Willis: 'Souvenirs from the Great Melbourne Exhibitions' Handbook to the Australian Antique and Fine Art Dealers' Fair, Melbourne, October 1996

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