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« on: November 17, 2021, 11:31:12 am »

Hello All,

Does anyone know what's this snuff bottle made of? It looks like dye to me. Not sure it's made of stone or other material.

Thanks everyone.

Ming


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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2021, 05:19:51 pm »

My best guess is sodalite. Unless that chip broken out of the base is revealing the underlying mineral as being white ?
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2021, 07:48:26 pm »

George,

If it is a white chip, could this be stained magnesite?

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2021, 10:21:06 pm »

Thanks George & Rube.

It's white with little blue color.

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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2021, 01:20:54 am »

George,

If it is a white chip, could this be stained magnesite?

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Magnesite is usually dyed to imitate turquoise.. Same with howlite.  I wonder if it could be sodalite, and that chip just happens to be in a calcite area.

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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2021, 01:57:16 am »

Dear George,

Thanks for bringing up Sodalite. I always thought any blue mineral to be Lapis Lazuli until your mention.

This bottle looks to be duller than the standard Lapis. Well carved mask.

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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2021, 07:34:46 am »

In the 1970s I had a Sodalite bottle made up of 2 pieces with the connecting part [sides, foot and neck] made of mother of pearl.
And the front and reverse panels were each decorated in 'Pietra Dura' inlay of elegant Chinese ladies in a garden scene.
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