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Marble analysis, 69.16.A

Portrait of Arsinoe Philopator III


White marble
Marble origin: Paros (Paros-Stefani or Paros-Chorodaki) (Greece)

 

Mineralogy: calcite
Texture: heteroblastic
Maximum grain size (MGS): 2.14 mm
δ18OV-PDB: -2.72 ‰
δ13CV-PDB: 3.28 ‰
Cathodoluminescence color: purple 
Cathodoluminescence intensity: weak 
Cathodoluminescence distribution: homogeneous

The isotopic values are situated in the Paros and Marmara fields, two marbles with blue luminescence. It seems most probable that this statue was carved from a marble of Paros.
 

D. Decrouez & K. Ramseyer (1998, 2016)