Marble analysis, 4776

Hermes presenting the infant Dionysos to Athamas

White marble
Marble origin: Carrara (Italy)


Mineralogy: calcite
Texture: heteroblastic 
Maximum grain size (MGS): 0.63  mm
δ18OV-PDB: -0.94 ‰        
δ13CV-PDB: 1.95 ‰        
Cathodoluminescence color: brown-orange
Cathodoluminescence intensity: intermediate
Cathodoluminescence distribution: homogeneous

Stable isotope data fall in a zone where different source areas (i.e. Paros, Thasos, Marmara, Carrara, Hymettus) overlap and the data are inconclusive. However, the MGS, the texture and the orange color of luminescence support Carrara as the origin of this marble.

D. Decrouez & K. Ramseyer (1997, 2016)