Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 229, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 229  
Name and quarry location: Lumachella orientale, from Henchir Kasbat (the ancient Thuburbo Maius), Tunisia  
Geological description: Fossiliferous biosparite limestone. A lumachelle of rolled, predominantly bivalve debris, recrystallized in part, and with subsidiary other skeletal debris.  
Comments: Nos. 228 and 229 are different varieties of this same Mesozoic limestone which was very rare and highly prized by the scalpellini of Rome.  
References: Borghini (1997) 242; Corsi (1845) 116-117; Gnoli (1988) 201-205; Mielsch (1985) 41, taf.4; Price (2007) 157  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 3. Lumachellas; i. Ancient lumachellas  
Corsi's text: 78.15 Lumachella antica. Marmor Conchyte. Lumachella grande d'Egitto  

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