Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 925, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 925  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro ciliegino, locality unknown  
Geological description: Compact banded travertine composed mainly of fine-grained calcite, with some bands particularly rich in included red hematite. Light brown areas are wax filler.  
Comments: Alabastro ciliegino, with its distinctive bubbly appearance, is often found in collections of ancient stones but the location of the quarries is not known. The name 'ciliegino' means little cherries, today used especially in the context of cherry tomatoes.This is alabastro cliegino cut perpendicular to the bedding, and consequently the spherular effect is only visible on the sides of the specimen. See Corsi 333.  
References: Borghini (1997) 138-139; Mielsch (1985) 39, taf.2  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; i. Antique alabaster  
Corsi's text: 98.43/ S15.3 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Alabastro a pecorella  

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