Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 127, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 127  
Name and quarry location: 'Marmo bianco e nero d'Egitto', locality unknown  
Geological description: Black fine-grained limestone with en echelon veins of white fibrous calcite, and with stylolites.  
Comments: This stone has not been recognised as coming from Egypt and its source is not known. The fibrous nature of the calcite veining is a feature that is also seen in no. 129 from Portoferraio, Isle of Elba. It has also been suggested this stone is a variety of bigio morato from Chios, Greece.  
References: Corsi (1845) 111  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 6. Black and white marbles  
Corsi's text: 54.3 Marmo bianco e nero d'Egitto. Marmor Luculleum. Luculleo... Cavavasi in un'isola del Nilo, ed alcuni credano che fosse quella di Meroe, oggi Gueguere... Marmo d'Egitto  

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