Manganotantalite (Whitmore Coll.)

Pech, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Miniature, 3.9 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 01/07/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/14/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

A very sharp, complete all-around cluster of elongated manganotantalite crystals with classic reddish coloration from Pech, Afghanistan. The piece is actually a floater and is essentially pristine. The embedded feldspar is a nice contrasting accent. In bright light, it has definite red overtones. Uncommon in this quality from Pech, and valued $750-900. Ex Robert Whitmore Collection.

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