Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 174, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 174  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, libeccio, from Trapani, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Syn-sedimentary slump breccia with voids infilled by submarine cement. Note pervasive 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. However Trapani is probably correct.  
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: 67.14 Diaspro tenero di Sicilia. Brecciato di Trapani  

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