sculpture:  Butterfly Fish

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         A Butterfly Fish  - 2013                                       
This sculpture was carved from a narrow slab of Caen Stone,  a pale creamy-yellow fine-grained Oolitic limestone that was formed in shallow water lagoons about 167 million years ago. 

Also known as Pierre de Caen, today it is quarried in northwest France near the city of  Caen.  It was a popular building material with the Normans in England, and was used in both the cathedral and castle at Norwich where it was brought by boat up the River Wensum.  It was also used in Canterbury cathedral and at Reading Abbey.  Perhaps the most famous building in Caen stone built in Norman times is the Tower of London.

The dimensions of the Butterfly Fish are 13" long x 11" high x 1.5" wide. and it weighs about 9.4 lbs. The fish  can be removed from its light wood base.

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