Current Location:
The Seymour & Esther Padnos Hall of Science -> 1st Floor (PAD)
Location Notes:
PAD; 1st fl., Rm. 118

“National Museum of Natural History“ by unknown artist

Artwork
Medium:
Poster reproduction of original photograph
Date:
1992
Dimensions:
Artworks;Frames - Height: 18.25 in;25 in Width: 13.25 in;19 in
Description:
It is a photograph of a piece of pyrite that is in various cubes that are stacked on each other. Blue background.
Historical Context:
Pyrite's metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname "fool's gold" because of its resemblance to gold. The color has also led to the nicknames brass, brazzle and brazil, primarily used to refer to pyrite found in coals. It is also the most common of the sulfide minerals. The name pyrite is derived from the Greek puritēs, "of fire" or "in fire"; and from pur, "fire". In ancient Roman times this name was applied to several types of stone that would create sparks when struck against steel.