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For polishing marble statues, as also for cutting and giving a polish to precious stones, the preference was long given to the stone of Naxos,1 such being the name of a kind of touchstone2 that is found in the Isle of Cyprus. More recently, however, the stones imported from Armenia for this purpose have displaced those of Naxos.

1 A city in Crete where the stone was prepared for use.

2 "Cotes."

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