Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 410, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 410  
Name and quarry location: Breccia di Casteldaccia, from Calvario, near Casteldaccia, Palermo, Sicily  
Geological description: Polymict limestone conglomerate with pervasive sutured solution-modified clast boundaries.  
Comments: This stone in the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, is labelled as from Sicily. This was confirmed by the illustration and description given by Montana (1998) who say it comes from the Calvario district of Casteldaccia, is a limestone breccia of late Jurassic to early Cretaceous age, and has been widely used in the baroque architecture of Sicily.  
References: Corsi (1845) 148-149; Montana & Briuccia (1998) 66, 97  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 5. Breccias; i. Antique Breccias  
Corsi's text: 114.22 Semesanto pallido  

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