Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 310, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 310  
Name and quarry location: 'Alabastro fiorito', locality unknown  
Geological description: Compact very fine to fine-grained banded calcite travertine.  
Comments: This stone would probably not today be called alabastro fiorito (see Corsi no.301). Although modern compact travertines ('onyx marbles'), particularly those from Algeria and Pakistan, can be intensely green in colour, this is the only sample in Corsi's collection that is noticeably green. This sample looks as though it may be from the same deposit as Corsi no.334.  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; i. Antique alabaster  
Corsi's text: 94.17 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Alabastro fiorito... la cava [era al] Tebaide oggi Sayd.  

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