Summary

This bone cross was produced as a souvenir of the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition of 1888. Most likely of British manufacture, the image on the cross has been made micro-photographically, i.e. by using optical reduction to make a tiny photograph.
from an etching.

Visitors to the Exhibition who purchased a novelty like this souvenir were buying an example of the nineteenth century ingenuity and technical achievement which the Exhibition Commissioners had set out to celebrate.

Physical Description

Small carved bone cross. The bone is carved with circles and indented patterns. In the centre of the cross is a tiny lens, through which a microscopically-small image of the Exhibition Building, Melbourne can be seen. The image, from an etching, has been made microphotographically, i.e. by using optical reduction to make a tiny photograph.

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