Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 578, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 578  
Name and quarry location: Verde ranocchia, from Wadi Umm Esh, Eastern Desert, Egypt  
Geological description: Serpentinite; a metamorphosed gabbro; most probably the Wadi Umm Esh/Atalla serpentinite.  
Comments: It is possible that this may be verde ranocchia di Genova from Genoa, Liguria, Italy, a stone very similar in appearance, but the Egyptian provenance is felt to be more likely.  
References: Borghini (1997) 291; Corsi (1825); Corsi (1845) 157-159; Harrell (2010a); Jervis (1889) 253; Lazzarini (2002c) 240; Price (2007) 177  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 7. Serpentines; ii. Common serpentines  
Corsi's text: 147.3 Verde ranocchia di Genova  

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