Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 188, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 188  
Name and quarry location: Rosso venato di Terni, marmo carnagione, from the province of Terni, Umbria, Italy  
Geological description: Marly limestone; a Cretaceous-Eocene pelagic limestone from the Scaglia Rossa Formation, the colouring constrained by microfractures to give a 'ruin marble' effect. It is mottled with the shells of planktonic microfossils, and it has prominent stylolites and en echelon sets of white calcite-filled fractures.  
Comments: Corsi might equally have classed this stone with his 'carnagione'.  
References: Corsi (1825); Price (2007) 112  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 12. Veined marbles of Italy  
Corsi's text: 70.10 Rosso venato di Terni  

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