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The pounce pot, or sander, was used to scatter powdered sandarac - the gum of the Moroccan sandarac tree, a type of conifer - cuttlefish bone or resinous gums, to either prepare the surface of coarse paper for writing or to blot wet ink.
We found her sleeping on a bed of sandarac needles.
Alkyds are synthetic resins now used in place of natural oils like linseed and sandarac in traditional varnishes.
The reddishbrown, well-grained wood comes from the sandarac tree, which grows in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa.