Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 176, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 176  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, libeccio, from Rocca delli Panni, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Syn-sedimentary limestone breccia with voids filled by submarine cement.  
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. No place called Rocca delli Panni has been located, although it is a place referred to by Borch for a soft jasper.  
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: 68.16 Diaspro tenero di Sicilia. Rosso della Rocca delli Panni  

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