Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 343

Corsi 343, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

side view of stone 343

side view of stone 343, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 343  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro gioia del ponte di Vezia, from Verona, Veneto, Italy  
Geological description: Compact travertine composed of very coarse columnar calcite. The surface has a particularly waxy surface indicating it may have been acid-etched.  
Comments: The black number on the reverse of the specimen suggests the stone may be The Verona/Vicenza area, but no place called 'ponte di Vezia' has been located in that area. 'Giosa' is most probably a typographic error for 'gioia' (jewel or gem), see also no. 340, The Verona area.  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; ii. Italian alabasters  
Corsi's text: 99.10 Giosa del ponte di Vezia nel Veneziano  

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