ASMOSIA is the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones In Antiquity. It was founded in 1988 to promote the exchange of knowledge among its members in all fields related to the study of marble and other stones of art historical or archaeological interest. This exchange is accomplished through periodic Newsletters to members, biannual meetings of the membership, and publication of the meeting proceedings.

The life-size bust at right of Agrippina the Younger (AD 15-59) is symbolic of ASMOSIA's mission with its inclusion of both white and colored stones from different periods and localities. It includes: (1)  marmo  pario, the Roman lychnites, for the head (marble from the Island of Paros in the Cyclades of the central Aegean Sea, Greece);  (2) alabastro Egiziano or cotognino, the Roman lapis alabastrites or lapis onyx,  for the tunic (banded travertine from the middle Nile Valley, Egypt); and (3) verde antico, the Roman marmor thessalicum, for the drapery (brecciated ophicalcite serpentinite from near Larisa in Thessaly, northern Greece). The head was carved about AD 40 but the rest of the bust consists of Baroque additions (sometime between the 16th and 18th centuries), which reused stones from Roman monuments. The bust is now in the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design (anonymous gift 56.097).

A Brief History of ASMOSIA

Information on the ASMOSIA VIII Conference, 12-18 June 2006

Published Proceedings

Instructions for Authors Contributing to the ASMOSIA VII Proceedings

Newsletter Archive

Links to Related Sites on the Web

How to Become a Member

ASMOSIA Officers


Last modified: October 2005