Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 171

Corsi 171, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 171  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, libeccio, from Sicily, Italy; perhaps Cefalù area  
Geological description: This appears to be submarine cement infills of neptunian dykes in a pelagic green limestone. It is heavily fractured.  
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. There is no river called Cefalo or Cefalù, but Borch 1778 does mention 'Cefalu' as a source of soft jasper. Perhaps the stone was thought to come from the banks of one of the rivers in the area around the town of Cefalù, or this may refer to town of Cefalà Diana, or the adjacent village of Bagni di Cefalà.  
References: Borch (1778) 130-161; Corsi (1845) 155-156; Dubarry de Lassale (2005) 290; Evangelista (1998); 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: 67.11 Diaspro tenero di Sicilia. Verde del fiume Cefalo  

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