Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 164

Corsi 164, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 164  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, libeccio, from Bisaquino, Palermo, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Slumped green pelagic limestone with perhaps submarine cement infills of neptunian dykes. Note stylolites. Less fractures than the similar specimen no.171.  
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. Jervis (1889) refers to a limestone quarried at Bisacquino, Province of Palermo.  
References: Borch (1778) 130-161; Corsi (1845) 155-156; Dubarry de Lassale (2005) 290; Evangelista (1998); Jervis (1889) 459; 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: 67.4 Diaspro tenero di Sicilia. Verde di Bisachino  

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