Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 734, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 734  
Name and quarry location: Sicilian jasper, diaspro-agata di Selinunte, from Selinunte, near Marinella, Trapani, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Yellow brecciated jasper with chalcedony matrix, faintly agate banded in places with few translucent red/yellow bands. Note crystalline quartz-filled fractures contain layers of ?muscovite crystals.  
Comments: Tata (1772) describes a jasper-agate from Selinunte which has bright yellow clasts, but in an icy clear matrix.  
References: Jervis (1881) 193-318; Jervis (1889) 449-482; Montana & Briuccia (1998); Price (2007) 246-247; Schmidt (2002); Tata (1772) 32  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 14. Quartz and its varieties; Species 5. Agate  
Corsi's text: 184.12 Agata di Selinunta in Sicilia  

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