Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 362, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 362  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro di Napoli, from Naples, Campania, Italy; or perhaps alabastro di Busca, from Busca, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy  
Geological description: Banded compact coarse-grained travertine, with bands of white granular calcite.  
Comments: Naples, Campania, Italy is not confirmed. It strongly resembles Busca material which has similar pure white bands, but it lacks the high polish of Corsi's other specimens (Corsi 359 and 360)  
References: Corsi (1825) 101-102; FNF (1939) 33; Jervis (1873) 34; Jervis (1889) 46; Price (2007) 52  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; ii. Italian alabasters  
Corsi's text: 102.29 Alabastro di Napoli  

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