- From Italian pavonazzetto, from pavonazzo + -etto. (Wiktionary)
“But the finest of all the pavonazzetto columns of Rome are the ten large ones in the Church of San Lorenzo outside the walls.”
“Specimens of pavonazzetto are to be seen in almost every church in Rome.”
“St. Ignatius and St. Clement are supposed to lie, is covered by a canopy supported by elegant columns of pavonazzetto marble; while the high altar of the upper church is similarly surmounted by a double entablature of Hymettian marble, supported by four columns of pavonazzetto.”
“In the vast grounds over which the imposing ruins of Hadrian's Villa spread, heaps of fragments of marble flooring or casing may be seen in almost every neglected corner, from which it is easy to obtain some lovely bit of giallo antico or pavonazzetto or green porphyry.”
“The gallery above is supported on small columns, most of which are of pavonazzetto spirally fluted.”
“It is a basin of purple-veined pavonazzetto marble.”
“The pavement of the Pantheon, composed of porphyry, pavonazzetto, and giallo antico, tho constantly overflowed by the Tiber, and drenched by the rains which fall upon it from the roof, is the finest in Rome.”
“_cipollino, pavonazzetto, giallo_ and _rosso antico, _ but no harder materials such as porphyry or serpentine.”
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From the GNU Webster's 1913:
"n. A massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The color varies from white ...
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