Aepyornis Egg

  • €25,000.00
  • Origin: Madagascar
  • Product Code: AEP-10
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 295mm × 220mm × 220mm
  • Weight: 1,600g

Description

A rare and fabulous egg of Aepyornis Maximum, also commonly known as elephant bird due to its mammoth size.
Egg almost completely intact except for a small portion professionally restored which represents about 15% of the surface.
Precisely because of its unusual size and above all because of its extinction, these eggs are currently a real object of desire for collectors.
The fact that it lived only in Madagascar has contributed to this spectacular bird having no way of populating new lands and this has increased the risk of extinction.
On one side it is possible to notice a small hole that was made by the indigenous tribes between 1500 and 1700 to exploit the size of the egg and use it as a container for water.
In fact, the eggs of Aepyornis were initially eaten managing to guarantee a volume equal to about 150 hen's eggs, but then the large and solid shell was exploited for ulterior motives.

Tags: aepyornis, egg, giant, fossil, madagascar