The raw or dressed skin of a small animal such as a pig, goat, sheep, or calf. A freshly slaughtered skin contains about 65% water and 33% protein (Kuhn 1986). Small amounts of other materials, such as fats, carbohydrates, and minerals, are also present. Tanning chemically changes the skin and makes it resistant to putrefaction.
Synonyms and Related Terms
skin; hide; piel (Esp.); cuero animal (Esp.); pele animal (Port.); huid van een dier of dierenhuid (Ned);
° H.Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986