Australian serpentine with stichtite skull, hand carved in China.
Dimensions: 53 x 76 x 62 mm
Weight: 286.7 grams
Stichtite is a carbonate of chromium and magnesium. Its color ranges from pink to lilac to a rich purple. It is formed as an alteration product of chromite containing serpentine. Stichtite occurs in association with barbertonite, chromite and antigorite. Discovered in 1910 on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia, it was first recognized by A.S. Wesley, a former chief chemist with the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company. It was named after Robert Carl Sticht, the manager of the mine.