Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 218, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 218  
Name and quarry location: Lumachella antica, occhio di pavone bianco, perhaps from Verona, Veneto, Italy  
Geological description: Limestone; a fossiliferous micrite/microsparite crowded with recrystallised bivalve debris.  
Comments: William Brindley thought this specimen came from Verona, according to Porter, c.1905. Borghini (1989) introduces confusion by incorrectly matching Corsi's description for occhio di pavone bigio with this specimen, rather than no.221 which despite its pinkish colour, Corsi described as 'bigio'.  
References: Borghini (1997) 257-258; Corsi (1825) 77; Corsi (1845) 118-119; Lazzarini (2003); Porter (c.1905) 34; Price (2007) 155  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 3. Lumachellas; i. Ancient lumachellas  
Corsi's text: 76.4 Lumachella antica. Marmor Conchyte. Occhio di Pavone bianco... provenissero dall'Asia, o dall'Africa.... i scarpellini Romani ne assegnano capricciosamente le cave ora all' Arabia, ora all' Egitto, ed ora alla Tebaide  

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