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Marble analysis, 50.1328

Herm of Dionysos


White marble
Place of origin: Carrara (Italy)

 

Mineralogy: calcite
Texture: heteroblastic
Maximum grain size (MGS): 0.70 mm
δ18OV-PDB: -1.71 ‰
δ13CV-PDB: 2.80 ‰
Cathodoluminescence color: brown-orange and brown-red
Cathodoluminescence intensity: intermediate
Cathodoluminescence distribution: heterogeneous

Stable isotope data fall in a zone where different source areas (i.e. Paros, Marmara, Carrara, Thasos, Göktepe, Hymettus) overlap and the data are not conclusive. However, the MGS, the texture and the orange color of luminescence support Carrara as its origin.
 

D. Decrouez & K. Ramseyer (2000, 2016)