Malachite, date unknown 5 ¼” x 6 ½”
Gift of Gale Bellafiore

The Malachite Bowl is a gift from Museum Trustee Gale Bellafiore.  Used extensively for decorative purposes, malachite is an opaque, green-banded mineral that crystallizes and forms fibrous or stalagmitic masses in fractures and spaces deep underground. It has been mined for centuries.  In ancient Egypt, for example, the color green was associated with death and the power of resurrection.  Egyptians believed that the afterlife is a paradise which resembles life on Earth but is without suffering, and they referred to this place as the Field of Malachite.