Africano marble

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Africano marble


A multicolored marble quarried in Turkey near Teos. Africano marble is black with spots of red, beige, white, and gray. It was used for decoration, especially in ancient Greek and Roman buildings. Africano marble was also used in Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome and Westminster Cathedral.

Synonyms and Related Terms

lucelleum (lat.); Black of Chios; Marmo Africano Antico; marmor Chium ; mármol africano (Esp.); Afrikanischer Marmor (Deut.)

Resources and Citations

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  • Janet Burnett Grossman, Looking at Greek and Roman Sculpture in Stone, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2003