Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 361, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 361  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro di Breschia, from Brescia, Lombardy, Italy  
Geological description: Compact travertine composed of bands of finely fibrous and fine-grained calcite.  
Comments: Merrill (1893) gives two localities for compact banded travertines in Brescia, Pisogne for a yellow-brown oriental alabaster from stalactites in Triassic limestone, and Rezzato, on the outskirts of Brescia, for a dark brown oriental alabaster occurring in caverns in Liassic limestone. Jervis (1889) does not mention this stone from the province. This specimen has been badly broken and subsequently repaired.  
References: Merrill (1893) 580  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; ii. Italian alabasters  
Corsi's text: 102.28 Alabastro di Brescia  

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