Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 388, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

bottom view of stone 388

bottom view of stone 388, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 388  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro de'Bagni di S. Filippo, from Bagni San Filippo, Siena, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Compact banded calcite travertine; fluoresces yellow-white under longwave uv radiation.  
Comments: The base of this specimen shows the undulating external surface of the travertine deposit, suggesting it is not a tartaro cut from encrustations on the walls of an aquaduct or other watercourse. Minissale (2004) gives a useful overview of the travertine deposits of Bagni San Filippo.  
References: Minissale & Sturchio (2004)  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 2. Tartari  
Corsi's text: 106.12 altro dello stesso luogo [Tartaro de' bagni di S. Filippo]  

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