An old 19th century name for a carving stone originally from China. A dense form of one or more of pinite, pyrophyllite and/or talc.

It is also called Figure Stone, Picture Stone, Pagodite.
Agalmatolite Treatments
Hardens considerably after heating. - Gemstones of the world, Walter Schumann, 2001, p 222
Physical Properties of Agalmatolite
Mohs Hardness1 to 1.5
Walter Schumann, Gemstones of the world (2001)
Colour (General)Whitish, greenish, yellowish.
Walter Schumann, Gemstones of the world (2001)
Crystallography of Agalmatolite
HabitDense aggregates
Walter Schumann, Gemstones of the world (2001)
Further Information
Mineral information:Agalmatolite information at
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