Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 857

Corsi 857, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 857  
Name and quarry location: Granito di Corsica, from Corsica, France; or lapis sarcophagus, from Behram (the ancient Assos), Çanakkale Province, Turkey  
Geological description: Probably a porphyritic andesite, with plagioclase feldspar and augite phenocrysts.  
Comments: This stone is similar to lapis sarcophagus, from Behram (the ancient Assos), in the Troad district of Turkey. It was used for sarcophagi in Ravenna, but not Rome (Lazzarini, pers. comm.).  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 16. Granites; ii. Italian granites  
Corsi's text: 210.9 Granito di Corsica  

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