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This metallic vase was dynamited out of solid rock in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The vase metal was composed of a zinc alloy and contained a considerable portion of silver. The chasing, carving and inlaying are exquisitely done by the art of some unknown craftsman. The vase was blown out of solid pudding stone from 15 feet below the surface. The estimated age of the stone was 100,000 years. After more than 150 years of investigation the artifact remains unidentified. Originally presented at Harvard University, it has been passed along to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, who co-operated with M.I.T. in an attempt to determine its place and period of origin. 

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Originally posted 2017-12-17 19:37:27.