Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 523, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 523  
Name and quarry location: Pietra paesina, from Valdarno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Micritic limestone or calcareous marl from the Cretaceous Alberese Formation, showing minor fracture constrained iron-staining, and areas of dendritic manganese oxides.  
Comments: In Corsi's tabletop of modern Italian marbles in the Natural History Museum, London, this stone is labelled 'paesina biancastro erbarezzato dell'Arno'.  
References: Marko (2003); McBride (2003); Price (2007) 101-103  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 6. Argillaceous stones; ii. Dendritic clays  
Corsi's text: 130.7 Breccia d'Arno  

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