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Chlorite Collection

Chlorite, a mineral with various forms and uses, has left its mark throughout history

Background imageChlorite Collection: Crenulation cleavage developed in Pre-Cambrian age chlorite schist, a metamorphic rock Llyn

Crenulation cleavage developed in Pre-Cambrian age chlorite schist, a metamorphic rock Llyn, Wales, UK, May

Background imageChlorite Collection: Bactrian statuette of the genie La Balafre (the Scarred One)

Bactrian statuette of the genie La Balafre (the Scarred One), made of chlorite, calcite, and iron

Background imageChlorite Collection: Cosmic Form of Shiva (Sadashiva), Pala period, c. 11th century. Creator: Unknown

Cosmic Form of Shiva (Sadashiva), Pala period, c. 11th century. Creator: Unknown
Cosmic Form of Shiva (Sadashiva), Pala period, c. 11th century

Background imageChlorite Collection: Goddess of Abundance Enthroned on Lion and Lustrated by Elephants, 7th / 8th century

Goddess of Abundance Enthroned on Lion and Lustrated by Elephants, 7th / 8th century. Creator: Unknown
Goddess of Abundance Enthroned on Lion and Lustrated by Elephants, 7th/8th century

Background imageChlorite Collection: Sun God Surya Standing in His Chariot, Pala period, 10th / 11th century. Creator: Unknown

Sun God Surya Standing in His Chariot, Pala period, 10th / 11th century. Creator: Unknown
Sun God Surya Standing in His Chariot, Pala period, 10th/11th century

Background imageChlorite Collection: Kneeling Figure, late 2nd millennium B. C. Creator: Unknown

Kneeling Figure, late 2nd millennium B. C. Creator: Unknown
Kneeling Figure, late 2nd millennium B.C. Small stone carving of man kneeling, hands bound behind his back. Probably Sichuan province

Background imageChlorite Collection: Jaina Tirthankara Parshvanatha with Serpent Hood Seated in Meditation... 12th century

Jaina Tirthankara Parshvanatha with Serpent Hood Seated in Meditation... 12th century
Jaina Tirthankara Parshvanatha with Serpent Hood Seated in Meditation (Dhyanamudra), 12th century

Background imageChlorite Collection: Minerals collected by John Mawe in Brazil, 1812

Minerals collected by John Mawe in Brazil, 1812
Minerals collected by the author during his tour: chrome of lead, gold in chlorite, new variety of hydragillite, red oxide of titanium, conglomerate mass containing gold and sometimes diamond

Background imageChlorite Collection: Silicates (mica and chlorite groups), muscovite, biotite, zinnwaldite, clinochlore

Silicates (mica and chlorite groups), muscovite, biotite, zinnwaldite, clinochlore, lepidolite (colour litho)
2797863 Silicates (mica and chlorite groups), muscovite, biotite, zinnwaldite, clinochlore, lepidolite (colour litho) by English School

Background imageChlorite Collection: Statuette of the genie La Balafre, Bactrian, end of 3rd to the start of 2nd millenium BC

Statuette of the genie La Balafre, Bactrian, end of 3rd to the start of 2nd millenium BC
Statuette of the genie La Balafre (the scarred one), Bactrian, end of 3rd to the start of 2nd millenium BC. The genies body is covered with snake scales. The scar symbolises a destructive ritual

Background imageChlorite Collection: Minerals including amazonite, porphyry, chlorite and granite

Minerals including amazonite, porphyry, chlorite and granite.. Chromolithograph from Dr. Adolph Kenngotts Mineralogy section in Gotthilf Heinrich von Schuberts Natural History, Schreiber, Munich, 1886

Background imageChlorite Collection: Chlorite variant clinochlore

Chlorite variant clinochlore
Books of clinochlore with hessonite garnet from Piedmont, Italy. Clinochlore (Magnesium Iron Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide) is a common member of the Chlorite group of minerals


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Chlorite, a mineral with various forms and uses, has left its mark throughout history. From the Pre-Cambrian age chlorite schist displaying crenulation cleavage in Llyn to the Bactrian statuette of the scarred genie La Balafre, chlorite's presence is undeniable. Even in ancient religious art like the cosmic form of Shiva from the Pala period or the goddess of abundance enthroned on a lion and lustrated by elephants, chlorite finds its way into artistic expression. Intriguingly, it also appears alongside other minerals collected by John Mawe in Brazil back in 1812. Silicates such as mica and various members of the chlorite group like muscovite, biotite, zinnwaldite, clinochlore, and lepidolite showcase their vibrant colors through lithography. This diverse range highlights how versatile this mineral can be. The significance extends beyond just visual appeal; it holds historical value too. A kneeling figure from late 2nd millennium B. C. , whose creator remains unknown but whose craftsmanship stands out nonetheless, showcases how artists utilized this mineral for their creations even centuries ago. Not limited to sculptures alone, chlorites' influence stretches into Jaina Tirthankara Parshvanatha's depiction during meditation in the 12th century. The serpent hood surrounding him adds an ethereal touch that only enhances his spiritual aura. From ancient times to more recent periods like those represented by statues such as Surya standing proudly in his chariot during the Pala period (10th/11th century) or La Balafre from end of 3rd to start of 2nd millennium BC - all these artifacts demonstrate humanity's fascination with incorporating chlorites' unique properties into their works. Lastly, let us not forget about its scientific importance – clinochlore being a chlorite variant that contributes to the understanding of this mineral's diverse forms.