rosso antico

(Italian: “antique red”).  A fine-grained, purplish-red marble with thin black veins and white specks. Rosso antico was quarried on the east coast of Cape Tenaro (Cape Matapan) in the Peloponnese, Greece. Similar red marbles come from the regions of Iassos and Milas in Caria (Asia Minor). Rosso antico was popular with Greek, Etruscan and Roman artists, who used it for sculpture, opus sectile and revetment. Web resources here and here.

Torso of a centaur. Rosso antico marble. Roman. 1st-2nd century CE. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.