Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 352, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 352  
Name and quarry location: 'Alabastro dorato d'Orte', locality unknown  
Geological description: Coarse to very coarse nearly transparent granular calcite, perhaps a hydrothermal vein deposit rather than a travertine. Some grey micritic limestone matrix is present which contains white grains probably of algae.  
Comments: Although Orte, near Viterbo, is a source of 'alabastri' (see Jervis (1889) and Corsi 353), the great marble-hunter William Brindley noted around 1905 that this sample was not from Orte, an opinion that was affirmed by Mary Porter writing in 1966.  
References: Jervis (1889) 249-350  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; ii. Italian alabasters  
Corsi's text: 100.19 Alabastro dorato d'Orte  

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