Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 333

Corsi 333, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

side view of stone 333

side view of stone 333, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 333  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro ciliegino, locality unknown  
Geological description: Compact banded travertine composed mainly of fine-grained calcite. Iron oxides trapped within the botryoidal structure of the calcite give the distinctive appearance.  
Comments: Alabastro ciliegino, with its distinctive bubbly appearance, is often found in collections of ancient stones but the location of the quarries is not known. The name 'ciliegino' means little cherries, today used especially in the context of cherry tomatoes.  
References: Borghini (1997) 138-139; Mielsch (1985) 39, taf.2  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; i. Antique alabaster  
Corsi's text: 98.40 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Alabastro a pecorella  

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