Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 302, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 302  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro, cotognino a onde, locality not known. Perhaps from Hatnub, Mallawi, or another location in the Nile valley, Eastern desert, Egypt.  
Geological description: Compact banded travertine cut parallel to the banding, composed of medium-grained columnar/granular calcite, with a few scattered aggregates of acicular goethite or manganese oxide crystals. Some of the sparry limestone host rock is present. Grey patches contain clay and other debris. Small pink area is filler.  
Comments: It is not certain where this sample is from. It might be from Egypt.  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; i. Antique alabaster  
Corsi's text: 93.9 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Cotognino a onde... trovarsi presso Damasco nella Siria oggi Soria. Per la vicinanza poi di quella Provincia all'Arabia Felice si è chimato Arabico.  

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