Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 249, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 249  
Name and quarry location: Belgian red marble, rouge royale, from Namur, Belgium  
Geological description: Devonian fine-grained red burrowed limestone with calcite-filled stromatactis. It is rich in bioclasts. Fossils include articulate brachiopods, orthocone nautiloids, and echinoderm debris.  
Comments: This is Belgian red marble (also called rouge royale, rouge griotte), quarried in the Namur area of Belgium. The brownish red colouring, fossil fauna and grey-white stromatactis are typical of the Belgian stone. Exactly why it was confused with an Italian stone is not clear; perhaps it had been brought to Italy for cutting and finishing.  
References: Boulvain (2006); Cnudde (1988); Dubarry de Lassale (2000) passim.; Price (2007) 127; Watson (1916) 88-92  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 3. Lumachellas; ii. Italian lumachellas  
Corsi's text: 82.17 Lumachella di Brescia  

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