Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 519, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 519  
Name and quarry location: Pietra paesina, from the province of Naples, Campania, Italy  
Geological description: Micritic limestone or calcareous marl. Calcite-filled microfractures control iron-staining which together with Liesegang rings of colour, gives the 'paesina' effect. Some dendritic manganese oxides are evident.  
Comments: Pietra paesina has been found in the area around Naples, for example at Montemiletto (Del Gaudio, 1970).  
References: Del Gaudio & Valerio (2007) 231; Marko (2003); McBride (2003)  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 6. Argillaceous stones; ii. Dendritic clays  
Corsi's text: 129.3 Giallo di Napoli  

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