Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 251, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 251  
Name and quarry location: Travertino di Monte Catini, from Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Limestone, brown ferruginous in places, composed of brecciated travertine, algal fragments and other bioclasts. Cavities are mostly filled with sparry calcite.  
Comments: Corsi sees the round ossicles of 'encrinites' (crinoids) in this sample, hence its inclusion among the lumachellas. Jervis (1889) describes the travertine from Montecatini di Val di Nievole, Prov. di Lucca as compact, white and in places grey, coloured yellow with iron oxide... '  
References: Jervis (1889) 312  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 3. Lumachellas; ii. Italian lumachellas  
Corsi's text: 82.19 Travertino di Monte Catini in Toscana  

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