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MURRINA
Form: vasa.
A name given by the Romans to vessels made of an oriental mineral called murra, which only occurred in small plates, opaque, of dull lustre and changing colours, and very brittle. The first vessels of this kind were brought to Rome by Pompey in B.C. 61, among the spoils of king Mithridates (Pliny, N. H., xxxvii 18]. In Rome enormous prices were paid for them on account of their material, which is unknown to us, but is held by many to have been a rare kind of fluor spar [while others identify it with porcelain]. Thus Nero paid for his cup with a handle, made of murra, the sum of a million sesterces, about £10,000 [ib. § 20]. Murra, as well as every variety of precious stone, was imitated in glass.
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