Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 97, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 97  
Name and quarry location: Cipollino rosso, from Kiyi Kislacik, Milas, Mugla Province, Turkey  
Geological description: A fine to medium-grained folded banded calcite marble, some bands rich in red hematite, others are coloured by grey graphite. A weakly metamorphosed impure limestone.  
Comments: This is a very typical example of the marble known in antiquity as marmor Iasense or Carium after the town of Iasos in Caria. It was used extensively in Rome in the 4th and 5th centuries AD. Today it is called cipollino rosso and has also been known as africanone. This locality has also yielded a red and white breccia cipollino rosso brecciato (Corsi nos. 389, 903), and a monochrome marble rosso antico (not in Corsi's collection).  
References: Andreoli (2002); Borghini (1997) 207; Corsi (1845) 97-99; Gorgoni (2002a); Lazzarini (2002c) 248-250; Price (2007) 120-121  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 2. Cipollino  
Corsi's text: 46.9 Marmo Cipollino. Marmor Carystium. Nel monte Oco vicino alla città di Caristo v'era la cava d'un marmo chiamato Caristio... marmo Euboico poichè Caristo è nell' isola Eubea oggi Negroponte.  

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