Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 996, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 996  
Name and quarry location: Granito antico, very possibly granito bianco e nero gabino, from Bir Umm Fawakhir, near Wadis Hammamt and el-Sid, Eastern Desert, Egypt  
Geological description: Granodiorite.  
Comments: It has been suggested this is an atypical example of the granodiorite quarried at Bir Umm Fawakhir in ancient times and known as granito bianco e nero gabino after Gabii, an ancient city near Rome, where it was used.  
References: Harrell (2010a)  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 16. Granites; i. Antique granite  
Corsi's text: 210.43/ S27.11 Altro [Granito antico]  

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