Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 739, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 739  
Name and quarry location: Sicilian jasper, diaspro-agata di Milazzo, from Milazzo, Messina, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Brecciated jasper; matrix forms faint agate halos around clasts, elsewhere it is colourless quartz. Single crystals may enclose many small clasts or fill a whole fracture.  
Comments: From Altavilla Milicia, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. This samples resembles a jasper from ‘St Miceli’ in the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, perhaps the San Michele stream in Altavilla Milicia referred to by Montana (1998). Tata (1772) describes samples from 'Contrada della Milicia' and 'Milicia' which he locates to the town now called Altavilla Millicia. Also compare Montana (1998) pl.141 and see Jervis (1881, 1889).  
References: Jervis (1881) 209; Jervis (1889) 453; Montana & Briuccia (1998) 77, 109 pl.141; Price (2007) 246-247; Schmidt (2002); Tata (1772) 17, 29  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 14. Quartz and its varieties; Species 5. Agate  
Corsi's text: 185.17 Agata di Milizia in Sicilia  

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