Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 195, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 195  
Name and quarry location: Mandolato di Torbe, from Torbe, Verona, Veneto, Italy  
Geological description: Pelagic limestone. Burrowed nodular biomicrite crowded with skeletal grains, and with extersitu stylolite development. Dark brown is filler/polishing compound.  
Comments: The Verona/Vicenza area, Veneto, Italy is indicated as the provenance by the black number painted on the reverse (see pdf of further information about Verona specimens). It is perhaps from Torbe. The Upper Cretaceous limestones of the Scaglia Rossa Formation (known locally as scaglia or biancon and now commercially as pietra della Lessinia) have been quarried in the region of Torbe, Prun and Fane in Valpolicella for many centuries. This specimen is atypical. According to Jervis (1889), Torri del Benaco, Caprino Veronese, and Bosco Chiesanuova all yielded limestones known as MandorlĂ .  
References: Jervis (1889) passim.  
Further information: Verona.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 12. Veined marbles of Italy  
Corsi's text: 71.17 Mandolato di Torbe nel Veronese  

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