Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 807

Corsi 807, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 807  
Name and quarry location: 'Porfido serpentino antico', locality unknown  
Geological description: Grey porphyry, perhaps a porphyritic diorite or granodiorite with phenocrysts of white plagioclase.  
Comments: This grey porphyry is not thought to be the stone from Levetsova in Greece. Its provenance is not known.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 15. Porphyry; Species 2. Porphyries (Lacedaemon); i. Antique 'serpentine' porphyry  
Corsi's text: 200.11 Altro [Serpentino. Marmor Lacedaemon. Marmo verde Lacedomonio. Marmo Lacedomonio... presso Crocee villaggio della Laconia, vi fosse la cava del serpentino... marmo Taigeto, perchè trovavasi presso un monte di tal nome... Tenario perchè il monte Tenaro è prossimo al Taigeto... Spartano perchè Sparta è contigua al monte Taigeto... Lacedemonio altro nome con cui Sparta si Chiama... Lacnio perchè Sparta e nella Laconia... smeraldo... che molti smeraldi Laconici si trovavano presso il monte Taigeto.]  

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