Tantalite-(Mn), Muscovite
Darra-i-Pech (Pech; Peech; Darra-e-Pech) Pegmatite Field, Nangarhar (Ningarhar) Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 4.7 x 4.5 cm
A DRAMATIC Pech, Afghanistan combination specimen. A sharp, lustrous, 1.7 cm, steel-gray manganotantalite crystal is nestled and partially hidden at the base of an aesthetic, vertical cluster of pearlescent, sharply hexagonal, tan muscovite books jauntily perched atop a feldspar matrix. This is a highly representative combination specimen, including this rare tantalum oxide, from this famous locality.