- Museum number
Digital photograph (colour); view of rock filled with micaceous specularite at entrance to Specularite mine. Northern Cape, South Africa
- Production date
- 23 July 2007
File size: 14.40 megabytes
Resolution: 300 dots per inch
- Curator's comments
See also 2013,2034.19090-19096 and 19098-19099.
Specularite is a crystalline form of haematite that is steel-grey/iron-black in colour with a silvery sparkle. There are numerous historical references indicating that specularite was highly prized as a cosmetic among the indigenous peoples of South Africa. The earliest known specularite mine in South Africa is in Swaziland and is dated to more than 40,000 years ago, associated with the Middle Stone Age.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: SOANTC0130008 (TARA number)