People: Artifacts and Objects Made From Meteors

People: Artifacts and Objects Made From Meteors

Awesome People: Artifacts and Objects Made From Meteors



From daggers and swords to jewelry and skulls here are the most amazing and intriguing artifacts and objects made from meteorites!
#9 A Mughal Emperor’s- Prized Possession
This meteorite dagger once belonged to Jahangir, an Indian emperor that reigned around 400 years ago. Mughal emperors would often receive valuable gifts from elsewhere in their empire and it is believed that these, along with victories in battles, were rewards for being good leaders. Jahangir assumed that the gifts he received should be interpreted as indirect praise from God. The meteorite dagger was especially valued by the emperor since humans had witnessed the raw metal it would be forged of falling from the sky. Although now we call objects that fall from the sky “meteorites”, during Jahangir’s time, the only being that was capable of sending down something from above was none other than God. Swords and a dagger were crafted out of the meteorite, on order from the emperor. Being viewed as a present from God, the dagger was believed to have magical powers and Jahangir himself praised it for how well it cut.
#8 Egyptian Iron Beads
Iron was a very rare luxury during the Ancient Egyptian era. These beads are the earliest evidence of iron use in Ancient Egypt. According to researchers, nearly all the iron that was used by the Egyptians came from outer space. Egyptians were rather inexperienced with iron and the objects they crafted from it weren’t very appealing, but the clumsily-made beads retained their high value because they were just so rare and, well, because they fell from the sky. Like the mughals, Egyptians believed that the space metal ought to have special magical and religious powers, and as a result, iron objects were often buried with royals. Upon discovery, these beads were believed to have been the product of smelting, which is the process of creating usable metal from iron ore through heat, however, researchers have since has proven that these beads indeed were made from meteorites, not ore. The tip off was their composition. According to university scholars, meteorites have a one-of-a-kind micro-structural and chemical fingerprint which has to do with the speed they cooled down at as they travelled from space to our own little planet.
#7 Meteorite Buddha
Did you know that the Nazi swastika was originally an ancient Buddhist symbol of luck? 15,000 years ago a meteorite crashed to earth in East Asia. 1,000 years ago it was carved into the Buddha you see here, and 88 years ago it was looted by Nazis on a expeditionary trip in Tibet to bring home to Germany, who had co-opted the swastika as a symbol of their own. The Nazis were interested in discovering the Aryan race origins. Another curious fact about this Buddha statue is that it was carved from a meteorite somewhere between the 8th and the 10th century. According to German researchers, the meteorite, that is now the Buddha statue, landed somewhere near the border between Mongolia and Siberia. It was also concluded that the meteorite the statue was carved from belongs to a rare group of space rocks, which are called ataxite meteorites.
#6 Meteorites in the Kitchen
Who says that meteorites are only reserved for the elite and Ancient civilizations? These appear to be perfectly regular knives at first sight and in a way they are; their purpose is to chop food in the kitchen. What makes these knives so exotic is their composition, and of course, the ‘astronomically’ high prices they’re sold for. Kramer knives, which get their name from their creator, are made using a century-old Japanese stacking method where the meteorite gets integrated into the steel. The mass gets heated to 15 hundred degrees Fahrenheit, then folded and flattened several times in order to produce the base for the blade. The combination of steel and meteorite makes the end result much more beautiful than your average kitchen knife. Some consider Bob Kramer’s efforts to be in vain, since creating a single knife is a very time-consuming and complicated process, but there certainly are passionate chefs that would be more than willing to invest in an unearthly addition to their kitchens.
#5 A Special Gift for Czar Alexander I
Despite being crafted out of a meteorite, this sword probably wouldn’t be so special, had it not been for its unique history. The Cape of Good Hope, as this meteorite has been called, was first examined from a scientific perspective in Britain in the 19th century. During that era, scientists and enthusiasts alike were interested in discovering what causes meteorites. Lightning and volcanic activity were a few of the hypothesized causes. Although the meteorite was first taken to James Sowerby’s museum, it did not stay there.
#4 Meteorite Guitar Pick
#3 King Tut’s Dagger
#2 The Sword of Heaven
#1 The Extraterrestrial Skull

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