Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 594, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 594  
Name and quarry location: Serpentina verde di Genova, from Genoa, Liguria, Italy  
Geological description: Brecciated serpentinite. Broken clasts of pale green serpentine, platey 'striped' dark green serpentine and brown/white marble in a matrix of brown and white calcite.  
Comments: Mary Porter wrote in c.1905 that 'Arthur Lee says this is quarried at Pietra Lavarezza near Genoa.' but this may be a reference to Lee's book.  
References: Jervis (1862) 26-28; Jervis (1889) 253-254; Lee (1888); Porter (c.1905) typed translation of Corsi's Catalogo, OUMNH archive; Price (2007) 184; Watson (1916) 426-428  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 7. Serpentines; ii. Common serpentines  
Corsi's text: 149.19 Verde di Genova  

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