Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 2, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 2  
Name and quarry location: 'Marmo porino', perhaps from the Island of Páros, Cyclades, South Aegean, Greece  
Geological description: Medium-grained calcite marble.  
Comments: The mean grain size suggets this specimen may be Parian marble from the Island of Páros, Cyclades, Greece. It is not 'poros', 'poros stone' or 'poros limestone', terms applied to pale-coloured Greek limestones generally used for construction work( see notes with Corsi's Catalogo ragionato). The name 'Greco duro' is now used for the dolomitic marble of the Greek island of Thasos.  
References: Corsi (1845) 80-81  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 1. Statuary marbles  
Corsi's text: 15.2 Marmo grechetto duro. Marmor Porinum... marmo Porino.  

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