Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 303

Corsi 303, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 303  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro a occhi, locality unknown  
Geological description: Brecciated fine-grained compact banded travertine, with acicular and granular bands of calcite, some dark orange-brown coloured.  
Comments: Translucent dark brown bands like those in this stone are seen in travertines from Tuscany and many other places. The quarry location is consequently not known.  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; i. Antique alabaster  
Corsi's text: 93.10 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Alabastro a occhj... la cava [era al] Tebaide oggi Sayd.  

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