TITLE

Alabaster

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Alabaster, True alabaster is a soft, fine-grained form of gypsum (calcium sulfate) that is easily carved. It is slightly translucent and its color usually ranges from white to pink, although other colors sometimes occur. Alabaster is used to make statues, vases, lamp bases, jewel boxes, and other ornamental objects. These objects can be made as hard as marble by being subjected to intense heat. The ancient Assyrians used alabaster to make statues and to decorate temple interiors. Alabaster quarries are found in many parts of Europe. The alabaster mined near Florence, Italy, is especially pure and fine-grained. Italian alabaster is sometimes called Florentine marble.
ACCESSION #
37310310

 

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