Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 75, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 75  
Name and quarry location: Marmo nero di Trapani, perhaps marmo nero di Erice from Monte San Giuliano; Trapani, Sicily, Italy  
Geological description: Bioclastic limestone with abundant black recrystallised relics of microfossils. The side of the specimen shows the black coloration is constrained by calcite-filled microfractures giving the effect of pietra paesina (ruin marble).  
Comments: A number of black or dark grey limestones from Sicily used for decorative purposes are described by Montana & Briuccia (1998). They include a compact blackish limestone from Monte San Giuliano, in the province of Trapani, known as nero d'Erice, also mentioned by Jervis (1889).  
References: Jervis (1889) 458; Montana & Briuccia (1998)  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 6. Black marbles  
Corsi's text: 40.5 Nero di Trapani  

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