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Cross - Bone, Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, circa 1888 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.
|Dimensions:||4.50 cm (Height), 0.50 cm (Width), 3.00 cm (Length)|
|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|
|Inscriptions:||Printed: THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION / MELBOURNE 1888|
|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|