Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 98, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 98  
Name and quarry location: Perhaps Campan vert from Espiadet, Campan valley, Haute Pyrénées, France, but it may be cipollino Apuano from Alta Versilia, Tuscany, Italy; or another cipollino  
Geological description: Impure altered limestone or calcite marble with convoluted white calcite ‘veins’; sheared, with anastomising cream-coloured shear bands. The green coloration is predominantly green-grey granular to prismatic diopside/actinolite.  
Comments: This stone is not thought to be from Euboea. William Brindley in the 1880s thought the stone was Campan vert from the Espiadet quarries in France. Others have queried this and suggested that it is cipollino Apuano from Versilia in Tuscany, Italy, or possibly a cipollino from Kayseri, Central Anatolia, Turkey.  
References: Corsi (1845) 97-99; Rogers (2008) 54-55  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 2. Cipollino  
Corsi's text: 46.10 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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