Aleppo: Marble Polishers

Date: 1750s-1770s

The yellowish marble quarried in the region of Aleppo would be rubbed with oil in order to imitate the reddish colour of the stone imported from Damascus. See also: Quarrier; Mason.

Citation: Russell, Alexander. The Natural History of Aleppo, containing a Description of the City, and the principal natural Productions in its Neighbourhood. Together with an Account of the Climate, Inhabitants, and Diseases; particularly of the Plague, Second edition, revised, enlarged and illustrated by Patrick Russell (London: G. G. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster Row, 1794), I: p. 53.