Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 144, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 144  
Name and quarry location: Cipollino nero, most probably from Mili, Karystos, Euboea, Central Greece  
Geological description: Banded marble (metamorphosed impure limestone). Fine-grained grey layers have a shape fabric calcite which appears axial-planar to folded layering. Fabric is probably a lineation, although, on specimen edge, the grains are equant.  
Comments: Most probably a grey cipollino, a less common variety of cipollino that was obtained from Mili, near Karistos, from where cipollino verde was also obtained.  
References: Corsi (1845) 97-99; Higgins (1996) 86-87; Lazzarini (1995); Mielsch (1985) 58, taf.17; Price (2007) 75  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 10. Grey marbles; i. Ancient grey marbles  
Corsi's text: 62.6 Bigio antico. Marmor Batthium. Battio. Bigio Cipollino  

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