Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 370, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 370  
Name and quarry location: Alabastra di Monte Alcino, from Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: A reddish brown very coarsely crystalline banded calcite travertine with ferruginous inclusions running parallel or perpendicular to banding.  
Comments: Jervis (1889) writes 'Trovasi in certa quantità presso Castelnuova dell'Abbate, sotto forma di grandi ammassi sottostanti a straticelli di travertino.' Merrill (1893) also writes that 'at Castelnuova dell'Abate, in the commune of Monte Alcino, considerable quantities [of cave marble] are found underlying a Quaternary travertine.' The placename is now generally abbreviated to Montalcino.  
References: Jervis (1889) 332; 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: 102.37 Alabastra di Monte Alcino in Toscana  

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