The color in this piece is so brilliant that my camera struggled not to meltdown in the direct sunlight with all of those bold rusty reds, yellows, purples and black hues! This absolutely massive and beautiful piece of gem fossil wood is cut from the end one of the most colorful Arizona rainbow petrified wood logs I've personally handled! It's an extra large stand-up display specimen cut from a full cross section of an enormous log. It was collected by a friend of mine on a private fee ranch in Arizona near the town of Holbrook. It's some of the most colorful wood I've ever seen come from this famous petrified forest. It stands firmly on a cut base as shown in the photo and the display face is polished to a mirror finish as only we promise on every piece we offer. The back and sides are rough and natural, just as they came from the ground. This giant sculpture is approaching the limits of what I can produce in my shop - you won't find many like this anywhere in the world! It has a very impressive presence that would look amazing as a mantel piece, on a bookshelf or even a desk or table! This is a piece of petrified wood from what is arguably the most famous petrified wood deposit around - the great Arizona Petrified Forest! Don't worry, this wood was mined (as it still is today) from a private ranch near Holbrook, AZ, not pirated away from the National Monument. Despite some of the wild claims you see in various eBay auctions, this wood is still quite available and legally for sale at reputable rockshops including the big one just outside the monument. The problem with being famous is the folklore that follows I suppose. The reason this wood is so famous is pretty clearly demonstrated in this gorgeous specimen. Arizona wood (Rainbow Wood as it is sometimes called) is just filled with rich colors, often dominated by red and black but covering every color in the rainbow! This lovely specimen is a very attractive and unusually patterned, richly colored log that really shows the wood grain and color off better than some of the giant display pieces often will! This piece is cut as a "stand-up" for displaying. If you haven't seen our standup specimens before, they are larger, blockier pieces of petrified wood cut in such a way as to present a sloping face so the pieces can be enjoyed sitting on a table, desk, shelf or mantle and the polished face is visible whether you are standing in front of them or over the top of them. The pieces are quite solid and meant to be handled. A quick squirt of windex will remove fingerprints from the glassy polished surface. This lovely piece of fossil wood is ground, sanded and polished on a series of special laps we built to bring you the highest quality lapidary finish available on the market. The Sticks-in-Stones polish is something our customers have come to appreciate and seek out. We guarantee you'll be impressed too! This piece stands about 9 3/8" tall and measures 10 1/8" wide across the mirror polished face. The base is about 3 1/2" thick. Weight is about 15.26 lbs. Another Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary quality stone collectible!