Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 165, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 165  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, libeccio, from Castronuovo di Sicilia, Palermo, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Limestone, perhaps resedimented; micrite/microsparite crowded with tiny bio/intraclasts and showing traces of grading in places. Note extensive solution seams, stylolites and calcite-filled fractures.  
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) describes a compact yellow Triassic ‘marble’, a beautiful ornamental stone, from Castronuovo di Sicilia, so this may be the correct locality.  
References: Borch (1778) 130-161; Corsi (1845) 155-156; Dubarry de Lassale (2005) 290; Evangelista (1998); Jervis (1889) 460; Montana (1998) 64-68; 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: 67.5 Diaspro tenero di Sicilia. Giallo, e rosso di Castronovo  

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