Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 930, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 930  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro fortezzino, probably from one of several quarries at Hatnub, Mallawi, and other locations in the Nile valley, Eastern desert, Egypt.  
Geological description: Fine-grained compact travertine with some slender orange bands, hosted in a nummulitic limestone.  
Comments: The nummulitic limestone hosting this alabaster, together with the very slender orange bands is it, suggest it is an Egyptian alabaster.  
References: Corsi (1845) 123-131, 137; Merrill (1893); Nicholson & Shaw (2000); Price (2007) 48-49  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; i. Antique alabaster  
Corsi's text: 98.48/ S15.8 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Alabastro fortezzino.  

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