Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 121, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 121  
Name and quarry location: Fior di pesco (fior di persico), from Eretria, Euboea, Central Greece  
Geological description: A slumped/sheared breccia of Triassic age, with clasts of laminated marble, cut by calcite-filled fractures and late-stage stylolites.  
Comments: This stone, named for its resemblance to peach blossom, was correctly identified by Corsi. The colour of the stone, pink tending to brown, and the heavily deformed texture with its streaky diffuse markings, are distinctive features of fior de pesco from Eretria in Greece, although as Corsi's samples show, the proportion of pink to white colouring varies greatly. Worked in antiquity, the stone was first brought to Rome around the beginning of the first century AD. Today, a darker coloured stone is quarried and traded as Eretria, or Eretria red.  
References: Borghini (1997) 212; Corsi (1845) 100-101; Higgins (1996) 85-86; Lazzarini (2002b); Lazzarini (2002c) 260-261; Mielsch (1985) 57-58, taf.16; Price (2007) 128  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 3 [= 4]. Fior di Persico  
Corsi's text: 51.4 Marmo fior di persico. Marmo Molossio. Marmor Molossium, dal Epiro oggi Albania inferiore, e precisamente dal luogo che abitavano i Molossi.  

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