Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 63

Corsi 63, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 63  
Name and quarry location: Porporina di villa Adriana, locality unknown  
Geological description: Hematite-rich banded limestone with some colourless sparry calcite-filled veins, and abundant cavities which are filled with wax on polished surfaces. Probably extensively recrystallised.  
Comments: This stone has not been seen in other collections. Superficially, at least, it looks very similar to some modern samples of red Persian travertine (from Iran). The source of the stone is not known.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 5. Red marbles  
Corsi's text: 38.3 Porporina della villa Adriana... Si trova negli scavi della villa Adriana presso Tivoli.  

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