Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 406

Corsi 406, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

side view of stone 406

side view of stone 406, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 406  
Name and quarry location: Breccia di Settebasi fiorito, from Isle of Skyros, Sporades, Central Greece  
Geological description: Sheared breccia of fine-grained calcite marble clasts in a hematitic calcareous matrix.  
Comments: The stone which Corsi called breccia di Settibasi is the same stone that ancient authors called breccia di Sciro, from the Island of Skyros, Greece. This example is exceptionally strongly sheared and contorted, but the side view is more typical. Compare with no.405.  
References: Borghini (1997) 192-193; Bruno (2002b); Corsi (1845) 149-150; Higgins (1996) 94-95; Lazzarini (1999a); Mielsch (1985) 47-48, taf.9-10; Porter (1907) 89; Price (2007) 129  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 5. Breccias; i. Antique Breccias  
Corsi's text: 113.18 Breccia di Sette Basi fiorita  

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