Minerals from Mali, Africa For Sale

 

 

     

                           Prehnite                                                                      Prehnite                                                                         Prehnite                                                                 Prehnite on Epidote

 

Contemporary finds from  Mali have produced amazing prehnites and garnets.  While available, anyone desiring fine aesthetic mineral specimens should acquire these while the prices are reasonable.

 

 

 

 

OKN-687

OKN-687      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm.  It has a high luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidote needles are inclusions (none are on the surface).  Great translucence!  $45 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-688

OKN-688      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.    He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 3.1 x 3.1 x 3.1 cm and is almost a perfect sphere.  It has a satin or frosted luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidotes are small and translucent.  There are a couple hollow areas showing it was a cast after another species, too.  A fantastic example.  $45 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-689

OKN-689      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.    He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 3.1 x 2.5 x 2 cm.  It has a high luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidote needles are inclusions (none are on the surface.  Great translucence!  One small area has a reddish brown coloration.  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-691

OKN-691      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.    He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 3.3 x 3 x 1.7 cm and has blocky, double terminated, striated, high luster epidote crystals.  The prehnite has a satin or frosted luster.  This one is a perfect floater with the base epidote’s second termination being cleaved (the specimen sits on this imperfection).  A great example.  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-692

OKN-692      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.    He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm and is almost a perfect sphere.  It has a satin or frosted luster, is a floater with no damage, and has only the subtlest attachment on bottom where there is a small cluster of epidote crystals.  There are a couple hollow areas that are crystal cavities from other species, too.  A fantastic example.  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-693

OKN-693      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.    He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.5 x 1.7 x 1.7cm and has an almost a perfect sphere of prenhite measuring 1.7 cm in diameter perched on an epidote group.  It has a satin or frosted luster, is a floater with no damage.  A cute little prehnite lollypop and a fantastic example.  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-694

OKN-694      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  It has a high luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidote needles are inclusions (none are on the surface).  Great translucence!  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-695

OKN-695      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 3 x 1.8 x 1.7 cm.  It has a high luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidote needles are inclusions (none are on the surface).  Great translucence!  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-696

OKN-696      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands,but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.4 x 2.4 x 2.2 cm and is almost a perfect sphere.  It has a satin or frosted luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidotes are small and translucent.  Base contact where epidotes can be seen is completely healed.  A fantastic example.  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-697

OKN-697      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands-but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.2 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  It has a high luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidote needles are inclusions (none are on the surface).  Unknown white accessory in small crystals.  Great translucence!  $25 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-698

OKN-698      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.4 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm and has an almost a perfect sphere of prenhite measuring 1.7 cm in diameter perched on an epidote group.  It has a satin or frosted luster, is a floater with no damage.  Epidote is healed on end not well terminated.  A cute little prehnite lollypop and a fantastic example.  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-699

OKN-699      Prehnite and Epidote     RESERVED     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.2 x 2.2 x 2 cm and is almost a perfect sphere.  It has a satin or frosted luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidotes are small and translucent.  Base contact where epidotes can be seen is perfect.  A fantastic example.  $45 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-700

OKN-700      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.2 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm and has an almost a perfect sphere of prenhite measuring 1.6 cm in diameter perched on an epidote group.  It has a satin or frosted luster, is a floater with no damage.  Epidote is healed on end is well terminated.  A cute little prehnite lollypop and a fantastic example.  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-701

OKN-701      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 3 x 2 x 1.9 cm.  It has a high luster, is a perfect floater with no damage, and all the epidote needles are inclusions (none are on the surface).  Great translucence!  $25 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-702

OKN-702      Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  These beauties were brought to the United States by the late Rock Currier.  They certainly rank among the finest prehnites ever found and were recovered in such quantity that everyone an own one at a reasonable cost.  He imported thousands, but this example was culled from those and represents what the finest of the thumbnail-sized examples look like.  This piece measures 2.4 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm and has an almost a perfect sphere of prenhite measuring 1.9 cm in diameter perched on an epidote crystal.  It has a satin or frosted luster, is a floater with no damage.  Epidote is beautifully terminated.  A fantastic example.  $35 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-945

OKL-945    Prehnite    Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali.   7.8 x 5.2 x 5 cm complex grouping of botryoidal branches.  lack inclusions, probably epidote, with a couple minor contacts.  Views well from any direction.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-861

OKL-861     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A fine ball of vibrant green epidote on a small crystal of opaque, prismatic, deep green epidote.  Great translucence with a frosted surface typical of this material. No damage.  2.4 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  Outstanding example.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-862

OKL-862     Prehnite with Epidote inclusions     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  Several interlocking balls of very translucent prehnite with acicular needles of epidode as inclusions.  This specimen is a floater measuring 3.7 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm in total.  Each ball has boundaries on each end that are crystalline with low lying blades in compact groups while the ball itself is as smooth as glass.  The contrast is appealing as is the color, luster, and aesthetics of these specimens.  No damage.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-863

OKL-863     Prehnite with Epidote inclusions     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  Several interlocking balls of very translucent prehnite with acicular needles of epidode as inclusions.  This specimen is a floater measuring 3.4 x 2.2 x 2 cm in total.  Each ball has boundaries on each end that are crystalline with low lying blades in compact groups while the ball itself is as smooth as glass.  The contrast is appealing as is the color, luster, and aesthetics of these specimens.  No damage.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-864

OKL-864     Prehnite with Epidote inclusions     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  Several interlocking balls of very translucent prehnite with acicular needles of epidode as inclusions.  This specimen is a floater measuring 3.5 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm in total.  Each ball has boundaries on each end that are crystalline with low lying blades in compact groups while the ball itself is as smooth as glass.  The contrast is appealing as is the color, luster, and aesthetics of these specimens.  No damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-865

OKL-865     Prehnite with Epidote inclusions     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  Several interlocking balls of very translucent prehnite with acicular needles of epidode as inclusions.  This specimen is a floater measuring 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm in total.  Each ball has boundaries on each end that are crystalline with low lying blades in compact groups while the ball itself is as smooth as glass.  The contrast is appealing as is the color, luster, and aesthetics of these specimens.  No damage.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-866

OKL-866     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A fine ball of vibrant green epidote on several crystals of opaque, prismatic, deep green epidote.  Great translucence with a frosted surface typical of this material. Some epidotes are terminated but others are not.  Views clean and damage free from most directions.  3.5 x 3.4 x 2.7 cm, barely fitting into a perky box.  Outstanding example.  Very aesthetic and interesting.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-867

OKL-867     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A fine ball of vibrant green epidote on several crystals of opaque, prismatic, deep green epidote and rock matrix.  Great translucence with a frosted surface typical of this material.  Views clean and damage free from all directions.  3.8 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm, barely fitting into a perky box.  Two acicular needles of epidote within the prehnite ball.  Outstanding example.  Very aesthetic and interesting.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-868

OKL-868     Epidote with Prehnite       Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A single crystal of lustrous epidote.  It is a beautifully formed, double terminated crystal with two small green balls of prehnite on one end.  Not the typical example of material of the material found at this location.  3.8 x 2 x 1.6 cm, barely fitting into a perky box.  Outstanding example.  Very aesthetic and interesting.  No damage.  A steal at...  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-870

OKL-870     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A fine ball of vibrant green epidote on several crystals of opaque, prismatic, deep green epidote and rock matrix.  Great translucence with a frosted surface typical of this material.  Views clean and damage free from all directions although an epidote on the bottom is not terminated.  3.9 x 2.5 x 2 cm, barely fitting into a perky box.  Outstanding example.  Very aesthetic and interesting.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-154

OKK-154     Quartz, Feldspar and Goethite after Siderite         Zomba, Mali, Africa.  A good example measuring 8.5 x 5.5 x 5.2 cm overall with a large, chlorite included quartz standing up high off the top surface.  Good crystallization all around with only a couple tiny contacts to the quartz.  Most contacts now healed.  The quartz is very lustrous and well formed.  A nice value at $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-606

OKK-606     Prehnite with Epidote    Mali, Africa.  This is one of the finest of these specimens in TN size that I have owned…. Very close to a perfect ball, mild base contact with no damage what so ever, great translucence and form, and a small terminated epidote low on the piece.  2.9 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm.  Really nice quality!  $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-788

OKK-788     Garnet with Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali.  This one measures 3.8 x 2.8 x 1.7 and has a sharp 1.5 cm garnet sitting high off the epidote.  This is a less common combination in an excellent quality example.  No damage, a couple minor crystal contacts.  $40 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-789

OKK-789     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali.  A fine single ball of prehnite with several double terminated epidotes firmly embedded.  Very aesthetic!  3.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm.  Zero damage, floater.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-790

OKK-790     Prehnite and Epidote    RESERVED   Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali.  A fine grouping with numerous prehnite balls and with several double terminated epidotes firmly embedded.  Very aesthetic!  4.7 x 4.3 x 2 cm.  Zero damage, floater (maybe a couple small natural crystal contacts on back).  Not a typical specimen from this location which would normally be dominated by the prehnites and would exhibit some noticeable hard contact areas.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-604

OKK-604     Prehnite and Epidote     Mali Africa.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A good TN sized example of what I think may go down as the finest prehnite in the world decades from now.  This contemporary material is amazing.  The specimen seen here is 3.4 x 2.2 x 2 cm and has only base contact.  Great color and form contrast.  Small line looks like a scrape but under magnification it appears to be natural.  Nice1 $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-700

OKJ-700     Epidote     Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.    This specimen is a bit different than those dominated by prehnite from this popular, contemporary location.  This fine example measures 6.4 x 4.3 x 4.1 cm, is very high in luster and is all epidote.  The grouping is double and single terminated crystals to 6.2 cm each.  Majority of the contact is on back with only a couple very tiny contacts from crystals on sides.  Front, top, bottom and side views are excellent. The piece has the appearance of a very fine Alaskan epidote.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-568

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OKH-568    Prehnite    Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection, circ. 1994.  4 cm long floater composed of two prehnite balls with numerous, tiny, light green, gemmy epidote crystals embedded on its surface.  No damage.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-569

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OKH-569    Prehnite    Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection, circ. 1994.  4 cm long “snowman” composed of two prehnite balls with several, tiny, dark green, epidote crystal inclusions.  No damage.  A single contact on back of piece.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-670

OKH-670    Prehnite    Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection, circ. 1994.  4.1 cm long floater composed of numerous gemmy prehnite balls.  Minor dark epidote inclusions in one area.  No damage.  Very fine specimen.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-671

OKH-671    Prehnite    Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection, circ. 1994.  5.3 x 3.3 x 3 cm group/ floater composed of numerous gemmy prehnite balls.  Minor dark epidote inclusions in several areas.  No damage.  Very fine specimen.  $130

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-673

OKH-673    Prehnite    Sadiola Hill (Sadiola Mine), Kayes Region, Mali.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection, circ. 1994.  2.5 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm gemmy ball with minor base contact.  Minor epidote inclusions.  Very uniform shape.  Zero damage, fits in perky box.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-229

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OKI-229      Grossular-Andradite     near Sandare, Cercie Nioro do Sahel, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  I have known of and purchased the garnets, epidote and prehnite material from this area for 20 years (long before it was known on the general mineral market).  These are by FAR the best quality garnets I have seen from the locale in that time.  The identification of the garnet species is still being debated, but while that goes on why not get one of these fine crystal groupings!?  This plate has crystals to 2.2 cm each combining to form a specimen that measures 10 x 6.7 x 3.8 cm.  The crystals show beautifully formed faces with interesting growth features and are translucent.  They are zoned in their growth and may, in fact, be several species of garnet in each crystal.  This beautiful piece has very minimal contacts with other crystals, displays on both sides and a fair amount of smaller, secondary growth garnets.  Amazingly clean form, high luster and lack of damage make this a wonderful specimen.  195$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-230

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OKI-230      Grossular-Andradite     near Sandare, Cercie Nioro do Sahel, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  I have known of and purchased the garnets, epidote and prehnite material from this area for 20 years (long before it was known on the general mineral market).  These are by FAR the best quality garnets I have seen from the locale in that time.  The identification of the garnet species is still being debated, but while that goes on why not get one of these fine crystal groupings!?  This grouping has crystals to 3.8 cm each combining to form a specimen that measures 11.2 x 7 x 6.5 cm.  The crystals show beautifully formed faces with interesting growth features and are translucent.  Many areas are translucent green.  They are zoned in their growth and may, in fact, be several species of garnet in each crystal.  This beautiful piece which has numerous contacts with other crystals but a relatively clean display face.  Crystallized on all sides and a fair amount of smaller, secondary growth garnets.  150$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-201

Tourmaline Inclusions

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OKF-201    Prehnite with Tourmaline Inclusions    Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  This gorgeous primate is exceptionally unusual for the location.  He shows two generations of growth with the first being composed of prehnite balls to 3.5 cm each which are coated by prehnite in parallel growth, platy crystals.  Both generations are exceptionally transparent showing the needlelike inclusions of black tourmaline.  This specimen is damage free and measures 6.7 x 5.2 x 4.5 cm it sits beautifully for display.  It is mineralized and damage free at all sides.  There is minor yellow staining on the farthest back regions of the cluster.  This is an exceptional display piece with outstanding aesthetics and a very reasonable price.  $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-544

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OKD-544      Prehnite on Epidote    Bendokou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.     Here is a beautiful example of what some of the finest prehnite in the world should look like.  This fine specimen is composed of balls of green prehnite to 3 cm in diameter partially encasing euhedral crystals of deep green epidote which reach over 3 cm in length.  Some of the epidote crystals have matrix contacts at the base of the specimen and one prehnite on back is missing a small piece.  Views well from all sides except back.  A sculptural 5.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm.   375$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-335

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OKD-335   Prehnite on Epidote   Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  One of many beautiful specimens recovered by Rock Currier and the purchased by myself at the 2006 Tucson show.  Fine luster and sculptural form makes these some of the best prehnites ever.  Likely to become the material that all future prehnites will be compared to.   Here is an exceptional small cabinet specimen with large double terminated epidotes and two prehnite balls.  5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm overall.  Displays well from all sides and is free of damage.   200$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-337

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OKD-337   Prehnite on Epidote   Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  One of many beautiful specimens recovered by Rock Currier and the purchased by myself at the 2006 Tucson show.  Fine luster and sculptural form makes these some of the best prehnites ever.  Likely to become the material that all future prehnites will be compared to.   Wow….a huge sculptural grouping with fantastic views (except from the bottom up!) from all sides.  12 x 9 x 7 cm.  Great piece and value.  450$

 

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