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Pagodite is the name of a stone used by Chinese artisans for carving pagodas and similar objects. Usually soft and sometimes soapy, it can be a greyish green or greyish yellow colour. Names also used in this context are agalmatolite,[1] steatite, pyrophyllite and pinite; sometimes also referred to (loosely) as soapstone.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mohsen Manutchehr-Danai (9 March 2013). Dictionary of Gems and Gemology. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 351. ISBN 978-3-662-04288-5. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  2. ^ Nicholas Belfield Dennys (2012) [first published 1867]. The Treaty Ports of China and Japan: A Complete Guide to the Open Ports of Those Countries, Together with Peking, Yedo, Hongkong and Macao. Cambridge University Press. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-108-04590-2. Excerpts available at Google Books.