Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 167, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 167  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, from Taormina, Messina, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Synsedimentary limestone breccia.  
Comments: All Corsi's localities for the 'soft jaspers of Sicily' are derived from the descriptions given in Borch 'Lythologie Sicilienne', 1778. Taormina, Prov. di Messina yields various limestones including a brecciated red compact limestone, according to Jervis (1889) and may well be the correct provenance for this specimen.  
References: Borch (1778) 130-161; Corsi (1845) 155-156; Dubarry de Lassale (2005) 290; Evangelista (1998); Jervis (1889) 480-481; 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: 67.7 Diaspro tenero di Sicilia. Breccia di Taormina  

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