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A massive 19th century Alabaster vase of neoclassical form.
Alabaster is a name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals, when used as a material: gypsum (a hydrous sulphate of calcium) and calcite, a carbonate of calcium, also known as onyx-marble, Egyptian alabaster or Oriental alabaster, in geological terms is "a stalagmite limestone marked with patterns of swirling bands of cream and brown". In general, but not always, ancient Alabaster in Egypt and the Near & Middle East is calcite. Alabaster in medieval Europe is gypsum. Modern Alabaster is probably calcite, but may be either. Both are easy to 'work' and as both are slightly water soluble, have been used for making a variety of indoor artworks and carvings, as they will not survive long outdoors.
Item Reference = 6600
Height = 46.00 inches
Width = 13.00 inches
Condition = Excellent
Windsor House Category = Ceramics / Vases
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