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27. MINERALOGICAL SPECIMENS.
2012. Fragment of rock from the peninsula of Mount Sinai, with some of
the turquoise vein worked by recent excavations of the late Major Macdonald
in it. Since the discoveries of Macdonald on that site it has been thought
that the mafka or material brought thence from the time of the 4th to the
20th dynasty was the turquoise, a material which appears to have been imitated
in an opaque light-blue glass used for inlaying and other purposes. No
remains of the actual turquoise, however, have been found in Egyptian jewelry
or other works of art. f in. long. Red sandstone.
2013. Fragment of the rocks at the Wady Magarah, the site of the tur-
quoise mines in the neighbourhood of Mount Sinai, where the workings were
made at the time of the 3rd and 4th Egyptian dynasty. About 1 ft. 4 in. long,
and 1 ft. 3 in. wide. Sandstone.