Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 364, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 364  
Name and quarry location: 'Alabastro di Sarzana', locality unknown; not thought to be from Sarzana.  
Geological description: Banded compact travertine composed of medium-grained granular/prismatic calcite; some bands are orange, ferruginous. Dark brown is filler or polishing compound.  
Comments: Mary Porter's unpublished catalogue of the Corsi collection of c.1905 give the location as 'Sarzana, Prov. of Genoa' (now in La Spezia) but adds that 'Mr Brindley says this does not come from Sarzana'. The source is consequently not known.  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; ii. Italian alabasters  
Corsi's text: 102.31 Alabastro di Sarzana  

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