Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 8, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 8  
Name and quarry location: Statuary marble, marmo statuario, most probably from Carrara, Seravezza or elsewhere in the Apuan Alps of Tuscany, Italy; but could also be from Mt Pentéli, Attica, Greece  
Geological description: Fine-grained calcite marble  
Comments: Statuario is the term used for the finest white statuary marble from Carrara, Seravezza and the other quarries in the Apuan Alps supplying white marble. However Pentellic marble (0001) is of similar appearance and grain-size and isotopic and trace element analyses would be needed to distinguish the two stones.  
References: Jervis (1862) 1-24; Pensabene (2002) 212-214; Pieri (1954) 17-24; Price (2007) 64-65; Rogers (2008) 48-50; Watson (1916) 175-192  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 1. Statuary marbles  
Corsi's text: 21.8 Ad altro marmo statuario... non ardisco assegnare il luogo della cava  

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