Orpiment on Calcite
Jiepaiyu Mine, Shimen deposit, Shimen Co., Changde, Hunan, China
Miniature, 5.2 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
This specimen is a rare, elegant example of orpiment from old finds in the 1990s, that has survived largely unscathed by time and elements. It features an unusually isolated and upright orpiment crystal, on matrix. From the noted Chinese collection of Dr. Steve Smale.