Marble analysis, 4755

Statue of Athena from Rome

White marble
Marble origin: Paros (Paros-Choriodaki) (Greece)


Mineralogy: calcite
Texture: heteroblastic
Maximum grain size (MGS): 1.75 mm
δ18OV-PDB: -2.98 ‰
δ13CV-PDB: 2.01 ‰
Cathodoluminescence color: brown-pink
Cathodoluminescence intensity: weak
Cathodoluminescence distribution: homogeneous

Stable isotope data fall in a zone where different source areas (i.e. Carrara, Marmara, Paros, Hymettus, Aphrodisias, Afyon, Göktepe, Naxos) overlap and the data are not conclusive. However, the MGS, the texture and the brown-pink color of luminescence support Paros-Choriodaki as the origin of this marble.

D. Decrouez & K. Ramseyer (1998, 2016)