Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 190, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 190  
Name and quarry location: Marmo giallo di Saltrio, from Saltrio, Milan, Lombardy, Italy  
Geological description: Recrystallised limestone or marble, with calcite-filled fractures, and with ferruginous orange stylolites.  
Comments: Saltrio is better known for grey marbles although it does yield a dark yellow compact limestone according to Jervis (1889). However this stone looks rather like giallo antico from Chemtou, Tunisia, a point noted since the early 20th century. However, it fluoresces yellow under longwave uv radiation, a property not shared by other samples of giallo antico in Corsi collection.  
References: Jervis (1889) 99-100  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 12. Veined marbles of Italy  
Corsi's text: 70.12 Giallo di Saltrio nel Milanese  

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