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Breccia Corallina, olotype, from the on-line collection of Museo dei Fisiocritici di Siena (http://www.musnaf.unisi.it/risultato_inv.asp?order=1)


Name Edit

Breccia Corallina.

Latin name Edit

Unknown.

Petrographic Characterization Edit

Origin Edit

Mainly Asia Minor, especially Turkey from different places, a very well known quarry is near Verziken (ancient Bytinia)

hasQuarry:: 40.247367°,30.01658°

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Description Edit

Corsi description Edit
« La breccia corallina prende il nome dal corallo, poiché il cemento di essa è generalmente di un rosso vivace : iI brecciato , ovvero i frammenti sono bianchi ora candidi , ora meno , ora giallognoli. Il cemento corallino è più facile a cambiarsi di tinta , ed ora si vede pallido senza l'onor della rosa , ora scuro senza il pregio della porpora pavonazza. Quando le tinte o sono troppo languide o troppo cariche la corallina è meno bella, e meno stimata. I frammenti bianchi, sono di varia misura; ora piccioli , ora grandi. E' più stimata quella che ha per fondo il rosso corallino, e che presenta frammenti piccioli e candidi. »
(Corsi 1833, p. 143)
Pullen description Edit
« The best known of this group is Breccia corallina, which varies much both in form and colour, but usually presents small angular fragments of delicate pink, as at the baldacchino of S. Croce. Any large surface of this marble is frequently found in alternate patches of breccia and uniform masses of flushed pink, veined with rose a pointed illustration of the little value which can be placed upon the tiny specimens with which collectors are mostly contented. Porphyries, Serpentines, Granites, and tolerably crowded examples of Lumachella, may be recognised at once, be the surface ever so small; while a dozen well-defined species of Breccia, Affricano, Alabaster, or some variegated marble, might be chipped off, in morsels a couple of inches long, from the same square foot of a panel. For which reason collectors are advised to have nothing to do with table-tops, but to carry home as a souvenir of their visit to Rome a slab or fragment of such dimensions that at least it can be confidently named. »
(Pullen 1894, pp. 23-24)

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