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According to Juba, sandarach and ochra are both of them productions of the island of Topazus,1 in the Red Sea; but neither of them are imported to us from that place. The mode of preparing sandarach we have described2 already: there is a spurious kind also, prepared by calcining ceruse in the furnace. This substance, to be good, ought to be of a flame colour; the price of it is five asses per pound.

1 See B. vi. c. 34, and B. xxxvii. c. 32.

2 In B. xxxiv. c. 55. "Pliny speaks of different shades of sandaraca, the pale, or massicot, (yellow oxide of lead), and a mixture of the pale with minium. It also signified Realgar, or red sulphuret of arsenic." —Wornum, in Smith's Diet. Antiq. Art. Colores.

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