Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 136

Corsi 136, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 136  
Name and quarry location: most probably giallo e nero di Carrara, from Carrara, Massa e Carrara, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Very poorly sorted breccia of black fine-grained weakly metamorphosed limestone in a white calcareous matrix; most of the stone is one larger clast which is crossed with white and ferruginous yellow veins. Note the yellow stylolites and stylolitic clast boundary.  
Comments: This stone is also thought most likely to be from Carrara, see nos. 131 and 132.  
References: Corsi (1845) 112; Gnoli (1988) 180; Jervis (1862) 5; Price (2007) 87; Wirsing (1775)  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 7. Yellow and black marbles  
Corsi's text: 56.6 Giallo e nero di Calabria  

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