Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 901, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 901  
Name and quarry location: Marmo salino dell'Elba, from the island of Elba, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Fairly coarse-grained calcite marble; bands of sulphide/oxide impurities evident on side of specimen.  
Comments: According to Hull (1872) the quarry for white marble was opened by Napoleon when he was in exile on Elba between 1814 and 1815, but largely abandoned after his departure. Zuccagni-Orlandini (1842) tells us the marble was quarried at Capo d'Arco, and specifically at Punta delle Cannelle, to the south east of the island.  
References: Hull (1872) 130; Zuccagni-Orlandini (1842) 10, 112  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 1. Statuary marbles  
Corsi's text: 23.12/ S9.1 Marmo Salino dell'Elba  

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