Dolomitic marble

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Head of Polyphemos
MFA# 63.120


Fragment from Troy
MFA# 69.2

A white, medium-grain marble composed of greater than 90% calcium magnesium carbonate (see Dolomite). Dolomitic marbles were quarried in Cape Vathy on Thasos from antiquity to about the 5th century CE.

Synonyms and Related Terms

snowflake marble; magnesian marble; mármore dolomítico (Port.); marbre dolomitique (Fr.)

Resources and Citations

  • José Delgado Rodrigues, LNEC, Submitted information, 2009.
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Janet Burnett Grossman, Looking at Greek and Roman Sculpture in Stone, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2003