Rubber ball from Peruvian child's grave, c 1600.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Rubber ball from Peruvian child's grave, c 1600.

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Description

Rubber is a natural polymer, harvested from a tropical tree species, Hevea Brasiliensis, native to South America. The indigenous inhabitants had used it for centuries to make rubber balls, galoshes and waterproof cloaks, long before it reached Britain in the late 1700s.
 

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10304841
 

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