Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 308, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 308  
Name and quarry location: 'Alabastro fiorito', locality unknown  
Geological description: Compact finely banded calcite travertine. A hot spring deposit with some bands containing dendritic iron oxides, probably the result of cyanobacterial activity.  
Comments: This is probably not the stone that would today be called alabastro fiorito (see Corsi no.301).  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; i. Antique alabaster  
Corsi's text: 94.15 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Alabastro fiorito... la cava [era al] Tebaide oggi Sayd.  

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