Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 57, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 57  
Name and quarry location: Palombino rosso di Ancona, most probably from the area west of Ancona, in the eastern Apennines, Italy.  
Geological description: Pelagic limestone from the Upper Cretaceous to Eocene Scaglia Rossa Formation. A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicrite with abundant tiny planktonic forams and calcispheres. Sparse slender calcite-filled fractures constrain the pink diagenetic colouring banding, analogous to the effect seen in pietra paesina.  
Comments: There are various references to Cretaceous limestones from the province of Ancona in Jervis (1889). This pink limestone was quarried in the Apennines and has long been used for building and decoration in that area. For example, the stone from Monte Subasio near Assisi was used strikingly in the decoration of the Basilica of Sant Clara in Assisi.  
References: Jervis (1889) passim.; Price (2007) 112  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 4. Flesh-coloured marbles  
Corsi's text: 34.7 Palombino rosso di Ancona. . . Volgarmente si chiama palombino, ma appartiene alle carnagione  

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