Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 130, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 130  
Name and quarry location: Bianco e nero di Monte Pulciano, possibly from Montepulciano, Siena, Tuscany, Italy (see notes)  
Geological description: Black limestone with white calcite-filled fractures and abundant stylolites. Stylolites and thin fractures contain yellow siderite.  
Comments: Jervis (1889) records an Eocene limestone (Alberese) blackish-grey with white veins from Chianciano, Prov. di Siena, in the region of Montepulciano (sic) saying it was used locally for columns etc. However the sample resembles no.129, and is most probably from Elba, Portovenere ('portargento'), or Carrara.  
References: Jervis (1889) 346-347  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 6. Black and white marbles  
Corsi's text: 55.6 Bianco e nero di Monte Pulciano  

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