Amber

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Amber
Amber
Amber
Odor profile: sweet, resinous, cozy and warm, often rather powdery note recreated from a mix of balsams, usually labdanum, benzoin, vanilla, styrax and fir or a combination of some of these. The default oriental note.

Amber - Admired for its charm and grace, it has been given various names on which one can write poetry and say words of praise. The words such as Tears of the sun, Tiger's soul, Hardened honey, Petrified light, Window to the past, Nordic gold and many more. According to scientists Amber is fossilized tree resin that has taken millions of years to form.



Gleaming like the sun

are the amber beads 

laid on the glass table.

This aromatic resin is also referred to as an organic gemstone that's the hardened resin of the now extinct Pinus succinifera, and other trees. It made amber the center of interest to scientists and people likewise with the finding that it had remnants of plants and insects which had been first trapped and preserved, and upon research, they turned out to be millions of years old. And hence, not only did we learn about the existence of life on earth but we also came to know about the existence of amber.


Most of the world's amber is in the range of 30-90 million years old, however, the oldest amber has an age of 345 million years. Semi-fossilized resin or sub-fossil amber is called copal. There are about 3,000 catalogued specimens of amber inclusions ranging from insects, arachnids, tiny animals and plants. However, the most common and the most amazing have been the insect and leaf inclusions in amber.


Talking of the origin of amber, it is found in almost every part of globe, while most older amber deposits were found in Europe, which are about 50 types of fossil resins of different ages. Amber from the Baltic region, which is also known as Baltic Amber, is uniquely known for its quality and is most sought after. It is rich bright yellowish in color. It is considered best for making jewelery and is called succinite from the Latin succinum. On the other hand, Mexican amber is the result of resins of leaf-bearing trees and is widely used in jewelry. The oldest known Asian fossil resins (sometimes pieces have the size of a head) are found in Burma. They are mostly opaque, dark brown, sometimes red and yellow. In Africa, locals, especially women, use them for making of adornments and amulets. In Sicily and in northern Italy deposits of dark red and yellow fossil resins of trees of the family Cupressaceae called Sicilian amber is found. Since the oldest times amber has been used in the manufacture of adornments. Amber comes in various colors such as orange, yellow, red, green, brown, white, blue and almost black. It may be transparent or clouded. Transparent tones range from pale to dark yellow, to yellow light brown.

Before taking you through the pages of history further, I must also share about amber in fragrances in between. Perfumer Adam Gottschalk writes how the amber note is obtained in perfumes, which is rather a combination of benzoin, labdanum, and vanilla which gives the feel of warm, a little sweet and woody amber and mingled with other notes it emerges with its various characters. With just a basic combination of amber and oudh in Rasasi's Amber Oudh, it gives the wearer a warmth of sweet amber laid on bitter oudh. The best I can describe the combination is as a carefully designed gold pendant hung on a heavy gold chain, that's how it feels.


Amber was also very popular in ancient Rome during the reign of Nero when jewelry, ornaments, amulets, and even dice were made from amber. Nero also dispatched an expedition to Scandinavia to find "northern gold," which resulted in the establishment of important new trade routes for the Empire. The Russian Amber Room is considered one of the best creations in history and not only this, it has been called the 8th wonder of the world. The Amber Room was a collection of chamber wall panels commissioned in 1701. It was made from 1701 onwards in order to be installed at Charlottenburg Palace, home of Friedrich I, the first King of Prussia, at the urging of his second wife, Sophie Charlotte.
 

In 1717 it was given to Russian Tsar Peter the Great, from Prussia and was constructed of six tons of amber arranged in ornate wall panels. In 1755 it was first transferred and installed in the Winter Palace and then in the Catherine Palace by Tsarina Elizabeth of Russia. It was a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. The amber room was destroyed in 1945 which caused it to become known as the Lost Amber Room. Its recreation was decided on in 1975 which continued in 1979 as well and it was at last opened to the public in 2003.

Amber stones are always warm to the touch and comforting to the sense of smell. Amber has not only been used as jewelry or in fragrances, but it has also been considered as a medicinal remedy for many diseases from the ancient times till now.

Talking further on fragrances, in Imari, one of Avon's classics, amber has been nicely blended with aldehydes, sandalwood, galbanum and vanilla to give it a bright warm feel. Amber in DKNY's Gold is light and woody just like an amber pendant when worn around the neck, and when it touches the skin, together the heat of the skin and the amber emit a warm fragrance which is so comforting and light.

What are your favorite amber fragrances?




Author: Naheed Shoukat Ali (naheed)
Fragrantica Writer

 

 

 

 


 

 

Perfumes and Colognes With Amber

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Alien Thierry Mugler
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Rosewood Banana Republic
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Dream Angels Heavenly Enchanted Victoria`s Secret
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White Amber No.541 Gap
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Solinotes Ambre Arno Sorel
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Warm Amber Mary Kay
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Marrakech Ambra e Zafferano Tesori d`Oriente
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Amber Vanilla Regina Harris
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Ambar Zara
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Amber Demeter Fragrance
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Very Sexy Temptation Victoria`s Secret
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Angel La Part des Anges Thierry Mugler
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Ambre Secret La Maison de la Vanille
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Oh What Fun is Pink Victoria`s Secret
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Dark Amber Bath and Body Works
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Sun Jeanne Arthes
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Sonia Bogner Now Bogner
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Haunted Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Gelty Pleasures Smell Bent
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Monti by Giorgio Monti Giorgio Monti
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Ambra Indiana Tesori d`Oriente
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Ambre & Lavande Accord Parfait
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Australian Copperhead Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Dangerous Kiss Pimkie
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Miss Natasha Ebba Los Angeles
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Mena Al Haramain Perfumes
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Georges Feghali Monte Carlo Coup de Foudre Mansfield
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Amber C.O.Bigelow
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Emma American Eagle
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Azagury Green Azagury
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The Princess Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Amber Spirit Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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N° XIV Ambre Anbar Mad et Len
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Noble Boadicea the Victorious
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Eau Des Merveilles Limited Edition 2009 Hermes
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Amber Jalaine
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Magic of the Orient - Royal Amber Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Awesome B Fragrances
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Manjari Ramakrishnananda
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Ambre Elixir Precieux Christian Dior
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Sensual Seduction Man Loriblu
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Forbidden Fruit Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Elektrou Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Amberesse Anya`s Garden
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Cologne Intense Amber & Patchouli Jo Malone
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Eau de Iceberg Amber Iceberg
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Surreal Avon
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Sunset Flower Victoria`s Secret
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Body Fantasies Signature Sexiest Musk Parfums de Coeur
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Exotics Seductive Amber Victoria`s Secret
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Amber Noir Angela Flanders
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Trouble Iridescent Eau Legere Boucheron
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Grace Amber Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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Ambre Extreme L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Gaultier 2 Jean Paul Gaultier
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NEVER NEVER LAND Smell Bent
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The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Dulce Vanilla Coty
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Dream Angels Forever Victoria`s Secret
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L'Eau d'Ambre L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Fiori d'Ambra Profumum Roma
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Orange Flower and Amber Potter & Moore
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Musk Aswad Attar Asgharali
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Philippe Venet Mademoiselle Philippe Venet
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Malik Al Atoor Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Print Collection Stella 03 Stella McCartney
1.428571
Black Romane
1.428571
Profumo Imperiale Nobile 1942
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Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4175871324991
Missoni Colori - Missoni Gianduia Missoni
1.4126851324991
Beautiful Betty Barclay
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Ambra del Nepal Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4048800646546
Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 for Women Ralph Lauren
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Sexy Amber Michael Kors
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Soavissima Profumum Roma
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Amber Oudh Rasasi
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Lavanda Ambrata Santa Maria Novella
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True Vanilla Library of Flowers
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Cool Water Ocean Radiance Davidoff
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Dusk Project D by Dannii and Tabitha
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Ambra e Iris Dr. Vranjes Firenze
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Ambra Aurea Profumum Roma
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L’Ambre des Merveilles Hermes
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Brisingamen Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Iranzol Bruno Acampora
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Coco Chanel
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No3 Sheer Amber Victoria`s Secret
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BOSS The Collection Velvet & Amber Hugo Boss
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APOM Pour Homme Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Attache-Moi ICONOfly
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Al Attar Al Thameen Rasasi
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Black Amber Michele Bergman
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Trouble Joaillier Boucheron
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Jannah Al Haramain Perfumes
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Hassayt Swiss Arabian
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Fashion Provo Linn Young
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Profumo di Fumne Laura Tonatto
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Rasha Al-Rehab
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Sexiest Musk Prince Matchabelli
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Body Fantasies Signature Japanese Cherry Blossom Parfums de Coeur
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Electra Sigilli
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Al Shariga Al-Rehab
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Ateeq Syed Junaid Alam
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Musk Al Ajeeb Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Ambre Nuit Christian Dior
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Glamour Victoria`s Secret
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Soft Amber Oscar de la Renta
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Midnight Bloom Stila
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Narciso Rodriguez For Her Narciso Rodriguez
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Basi Femme Armand Basi
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LR Classics Florence LR
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Zara Man Uomo Zara
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Silver Light Galatica Linn Young
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Fire & Ice for Men Revlon
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Let It Rock Vivienne Westwood
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Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
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Ambre Fleuri Durance en Provence
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Stella Stella McCartney
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Santal Imperial Creed
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Burlesque: Gypsy Opus Oils
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Osmo Scents Cannabis Il Profvmo
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Lure for Him Ajmal
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Encense Liquide Memoire Liquide
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Ambre, Musc, Santal La Sultane de Saba
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Alien Pierre Magique Thierry Mugler
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Amber Sage Machado
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Alambar Laboratorio Olfattivo
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Amber Absolute Tom Ford
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Scent Intense CoSTUME NATIONAL
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Ambre Precieux Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
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Amor Amor Eau Fraiche 2006 Cacharel
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Light My Heart Collection Morgan
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Dianoche Night Daisy Fuentes
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What Comes From Within: Peace Sarah Horowitz Parfums
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Mawsouf Ajmal
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Vanity Voluspa
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Amber Oud By Kilian
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Jardin d`Interdit Dancing with Butterflies Givenchy
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Leather Franck Boclet
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Black Touch Parah
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Hayati Arabian Oud
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24-09-11 Hilde Soliani
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Print Collection Stella 02 Stella McCartney
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JuJu Joots
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Baryshnikov Pour Femme Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Al Qurashi Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Amber Vanilla Bean Tulip
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Promesa de Amor Myrurgia
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Nawaf Swiss Arabian
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