Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 91, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 91  
Name and quarry location: perhaps bardiglio, from Carrara, Massa e Carrara, Tuscany, Italy; or cipollino, from Carystos, Euboea, Central Greece  
Geological description: Fine-grained carbonate mylonite, a heavily sheared carbonate rock. The slab face is cut parallel to the dextral movement direction.  
Comments: This grey and white stone strongly resembles no.638 in Mielsch (1985), a bardiglio from Carrara, Italy. However Italian experts have informed us that the yellow colouring is not seen in marbles from this area. It has also been suggested that this is a rare grey cipollino from Euboea, Greece. The provenance remains uncertain.  
References: Mielsch (1985) 60, taf.19  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 2. Cipollino  
Corsi's text: 45.3 Marmo Cipollino. Marmor Carystium. Nel monte Oco vicino alla città di Caristo v'era la cava d'un marmo chiamato Caristio... marmo Euboico poichè Caristio è nell' isola Eubea oggi Negroponte.  

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