Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 180

Corsi 180, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 180  
Name and quarry location: Marmo palombino di Sestri, from Sestri Ponente, Genoa, Liguria, Italy  
Geological description: Limestone; a pel-sparite with what look like birds-eyes, and with scattered molluscan and algal debris. One corner of the specimen has compact banded travertine.  
Comments: Sestri Ponente was a source of compact banded travertine, Corsi's alabastro di Sestri (see no.335) that was used for the decoration of chapels and churches in Genoa. Just the small amount of travertine in this specimen indicates Corsi's provenance would be correct.  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 12. Veined marbles of Italy  
Corsi's text: 69.2 Palombino di Sestri  

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