The Antun Collection and other African collections of the MnhnL

The museum’s collections of African mineralogy are very rich both from the scientific point of view than for museological specimens. These collections come from many sources, the most important in volume being that of P. Antun.

The Luxembourg geologist Paul Antun (1920-2012) lived in the Congo from 1955 to 1978. He worked successively in Kivu, Rwanda, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. During all these years, he collected samples and documents. The museum has inherited all these samples of Congo, thin sections and all its relative bibliography. During his period in Kivu-Maniema, he studied the Sn, W and Ta deposits. Then from Rwanda, he set up a volcano-monitoring laboratory in the Virunga area. Then, lecturer then professor in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, he studied and supervised works on the copper deposits of Katanga. In addition to its African collection, we have received a collection of petrology samples collected and indexed in Luxembourg and neighboring regions; more than 4000 samples who are commonly accompanied by the corresponding thin sections.

The other donations are very numerous; they are presented here by order of entry in our collections.

+ the whole background of Professor Jacques Thoreau (1886-1973) with the holotype of the thoreaulite (a part) and that of Foordite.

Thoreaulite: personal speciment of Jacques Thoreau from Manono Kiru, DRC

+ the prestigious collection of Jean-Marie Pendeville (1936-2002) who during his stay from 1967 to 1995 in Katanga collected and bought one of the most beautiful set of samples of the copper belt.

+ the Alphonse Schoetter collection (1893-1974), who was a mineralogist at the Union Minière du Katanga on the Likasi site from 1920 to 1930 and then a chemist at the Arbed.

+ the collection of the geologist Alexandre Safiannikoff (1903-1988) who stayed in Kivu and Maniema from 1931 to 1973. This renowned mineralogist discovered four new species: plumbomicrolite, rankamaite, lueshite and kalipyrochlore.

+ the collection Mario Fiocchi (born in 1941), successor of Safiannikoff from 1966 to 1998. He helps us in the work of Kivu Maniema collections for the implementation of the Thesaurus. He donated his collection in 2016.

+ the collection Virlet father (René 1922-2007) and son (Philippe born in 1952). They stayed in Katanga (Kambove) from 1946 to 1968.

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