Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 19, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 19  
Name and quarry location: Palombino di Ancona, from Ancona, Marche, Italy is not confirmed but may be correct.  
Geological description: Burrowed micritic limestone with patchily distributed planktonic forams and other bioclasts. It is possibly a variety of 'calcare massiccio'.  
Comments: Corsi's provenance may be correct. A limestone used for construction and manufacture of lime was quarried at Monte Conero, according to Jervis (1889). A similar stone labelled argilla bianca called Palombino of Ancona is in Corsi's table of modern stones, in the Natural History Museum, London.  
References: Jervis (1889) 212. Other examples: NHM London Corsi tabletop (modern) 9I.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 2. Palombinos  
Corsi's text: 27.8 Palombino di Ancona  

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