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Until now, the components and roots of orichalcum is being contested.
Furthermore, Allen says, "the unique metals required to plate Plato's city occur naturally on the edge of Lake Poopo: gold, silver, copper, tin, and orichalcum, a natural gold/copper alloy.
He conveys this quality not so much by direct reference to the divine body itself, but through an extended description of the goddess' adornment: her clothes, her golden diadem, her intricate ear-rings made of gold and orichalcum, her golden necklaces.