Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 537, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 537  
Name and quarry location: Diaspro tenero di Sicilia, pietra topografica di Taormina, from Taormina, Messina, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Micritic limestone or marl with diagenetic colouring. Veins and fractures are filled with calcite.  
Comments: This stone has not been recognised by authorities on modern stones, but it is found among collections of ancient marbles, in some referred to as diaspro di Sicilia. It is a variety of diaspro tenero di Sicilia, the Sicilian 'soft jasper'.  
References: Dubarry de Lassale (2005) 290; Evangelista (1998); Montana (1998) 67-68; Price (2007) 150-151. Other examples: National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh No. 1993.38.48; Yorkshire Museum no.90 ('diaspro di Sicilia').  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 6. Argillaceous stones; iv. Other types  
Corsi's text: 132.5 Pietra topografica di Taormina  

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