Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 231, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 231  
Name and quarry location: Lumachellone antico, locality unknown  
Geological description: Limestone; fossiliferous biosparite with large gastropods, perhaps Actaeonellid gastropods.  
Comments: This specimen is a composite of two pieces. It has been suggested this is from the Gosan Group of Austria, a source of limestones containing these very large gastropods.  
References: Borghini (1997) 246; Corsi (1825) 79; Corsi (1845) 120; Mielsch (1985) 43, taf.6; Price (2007) 158  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 3. Lumachellas; i. Ancient lumachellas  
Corsi's text: 79.17 Lumachella antica. Marmor Conchyte. Lumachellone antico... è stata trovata ne'scavi della Tenuta di Tormarancio... 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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