Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 938

Corsi 938, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

side view of stone 938

side view of stone 938, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 938  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro di Palestrina, from Palestrina, Rome, Lazio, Italy  
Geological description: Compact banded travertine composed of acicular calcite crystals, with a ferruginous micritic infill between grains. Cavities in the surface are filled with brown wax, intensifying the colour a little.  
Comments: Palestrina has been a spa town since Roman times, water from the Ceciliana spring being brought by way of an ancient tunnel to the Fonte Ceciliana, a short distance north west of Palestrina, for therapeutic uses. This stone may well be cut from the tufa deposits of the tunnel, and bears some similarity to Corsi's tartari.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; ii. Italian alabasters  
Corsi's text: 103.44/ S17.1 Alabastro di Palestrina  

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