The 5 Platonic Solids - Shungite Set
Our most unique man-made item to date! Mined, carved and polished by hand in Russia, this set of the 5 platonic solids is made from solid black shungite. The set has 5 pieces: the tetrahedron (4 sides), hexahedron (6 sides), octahedron (8 sides), icosahedron (12 sides), and dodecahedron (20 sides). Each is highly polished, with very crisp, straight edges. Small mineral inclusions are sometimes visible.
The set of these 5 shapes is named after Plato, who described them as being regular, convex polyhedrons. They comprise the only 5 perfectly symmetrical, three-dimensional solid shapes possible; no others exist. Plato used them to explain his theory of the 4 classic elements plus outer space: earth (the hexahedron/cube), air (the octahedron), water (the icosahedron), fire (the tetrahedron/pyramid), and space (the dodecahedron).
They make interesting, unique decor, and inspire new ways of thinking. They also make great gifts for the math student/engineer/astronaut!
The entire set weighs about 15 ounces - a lot of shungite! Each piece is between about 1 1/2 and 2 inches long across the widest part.
Unit for sale: 1 set of 5 shapes
Mined and made in Russia