Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 170, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 170  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, from River Verdura or Sosio, perhaps at San Carlo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Limestone breccia. A syn-sedimentary breccia with matrix of pink Jurassic-Cretaceous pelagic 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. Fiume San Carlo is now known as the Fiume Verdura (River Verdura) and runs northwards from Torre Verdura on the Agrigento coast. The village of San Carlo lies on the Verdura (at this point known as the Sosio) in the Province of Palermo, a few miles south of Giuliano.  
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: 67.10 Diaspro tenero di Sicilia. Verde del fiume di S.Carlo  

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