For the use of anhydrite in ancient Egypt see Biri Fay, “Egyptian Duck Flasks of Blue Anhydrite”, Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33, New York, 1998, pp. 23-48. The author writes (p. 27) that “anhydrite objects are so rare and the period of their production so limited that the ancient source of the material must have been small, and evidently virtually exhausted by Dynasty 18…”.
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