Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 162, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 162  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, from Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Syn-sedimentary breccia with fragments of Triassic-Jurassic limestone (dark) and pink Jurassic-Cretaceous limestone.  
Comments: Corsi says that he has followed Borch's 'Lythologie Sicilienne' (1778) in attributing names and quarry locations to his Sicilian soft jaspers, but not all his locations are mentioned by Borch, nor do descriptions always match. Nos. 162, 163 and 170 may all be from the same block of stone.  
References: Borch (1778) 130-161; Corsi (1845) 155-156; Dubarry de Lassale (2005) 290; Evangelista (1998); Montana (1998) 67-68; Price (2007) 150-151  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 11. Soft jaspers of Sicily  
Corsi's text: 66.2 Diaspro tenero di Sicilia. Bianco sporco di Castellamare  

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