Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 415, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 415  
Name and quarry location: Breccia, locality unknown  
Geological description: Polymict limestone conglomerate. Matrix is a fossiliferous micrite with minor dendritic Mn-oxides. Some clasts have goethitic rims. Note calcite-filled voids and calcite-filled fractures. Red areas are filler/polishing compound.  
Comments: The breccia frutticolosa of modern authors is Corsi 680, not this stone. Mielsch illustrates a very similar stone to this which he names giallo tigrato. Del Bufalo (2000) on the other hand, calls it breccia erborina but does not give details of its source.  
References: Del Bufalo (2000) 153; Mielsch (1985) taf. 11  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 5. Breccias; i. Antique Breccias  
Corsi's text: 115.27 Breccia fruticolosa  

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