20RC15 Cerussite
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
9.3x 8.2x 3.9 cm

A great example of smoky, reticulated cerussite from recent finds at Mfouati. This piece is special because it hosts a perfect cluster *on matrix.*. This matrix is usually a bit friable, cerussite is delicate, and the way that specimens are beaten out of the ground, almost nothing makes it out intact, leave alone on matrix. 

This location sits atop a hill that was worked for ore from the 60's to 80's by French and Soviet mining enterprises. Today the mine is long abandoned and only concrete ruins remain, but local entrepreneurs continue to work the site for specimens.  

For whatever reason, I really do like this one...

 Saw marks on the back. 

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