Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 237

Corsi 237, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 237  
Name and quarry location: Botticino fiorito, from Botticino, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy  
Geological description: Limestone; a fossiliferous micrite with calcareous algae.  
Comments: This stone, with its characteristic rounded calcareous algae and orange-brown stylolites, is the stone known as Botticino, named after the area in which it is quarried. It was used locally by the ancient Romans at least as early as the first century BC, and is still quarried to this day. Various varieties are sold; this sample most closely resembles Botticino fiorito.  
References: Jervis (1889) 128-130; Pieri (1954) 27-28; Pieri (c.1958) tav.I; Price (2007) 169  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 3. Lumachellas; ii. Italian lumachellas  
Corsi's text: 80.5 Lumachella di Ancona  

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