Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 912, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 912  
Name and quarry location: probably marmo Greco scritto, probably from Capo de Garde, Annaba (Hippo Regius), Algeria.  
Geological description: A tectonised calcite marble, with fine and medium-grained graphite-rich bands; perhaps originally a marble breccia.  
Comments: This may be Greco scritto from Annaba (the ancient city of Hippo Regius), Algeria, a stone that was worked particularly between the first and third centuries AD. It is too coarse-grained to be a bardiglio from the Apuan Alps of Italy. The Scalpellini's name Greco scritto alludes to the markings looking like Greek letters visible on the sides of the specimen but seen to be joined up on the top surface.  
References: Borghini (1997) 237; Mielsch (1985) 60, taf.19; Pensabene (2002) 220-221; Price (2007) 73  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 2. Cipollino  
Corsi's text: 46.14/ S11.2 Marmo Cipollino  

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