Badger hair

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MFA Acc. #: 1984.322

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Description

Soft, silky fibers obtained from the guard hairs of several species of badger from the family Mustelidae, particulary the Eurasian badger (Mele meles). Badger hair is usually white on both ends with a dark band in the middle. High quality badger hairs are produced for artist brushes in China, Asia Minor, the Balkans, and Russia. Badger hairs are used for fan shaped blenders and bushy rounds that are often mounted in quill ferrules (Pinney 1999). Imitation badger hair brushes are made by dyeing less expensive fur fibers, such as ox ear hair. Badger fur has also been used for mats.

Badger Taxidea taxus

Synonyms and Related Terms

Eurasian badger (Mele meles); American badger (Taxidea taxus); brock; Dachs (Deut.); tejón (Esp.); blaireau (Fr.); dassen (Ned.); Borsuk (Pol.); texugo (Port.); grävling (Sven.)

Other Properties

Striped black and white, stiif, conical with belly near point and tapered to thin at butt end. Lengths up to 4 inches (10 cm).

Density 1.09-1.26

Additional Information

Zora Sweet Pinney, 'A Handle on the Terms used for Artists' Brushes: The Indispensable Tools' unpublished glossary, 1999.

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "badger" Encyclopædia Britannica from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. [Accessed October 16, 2003].
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "badger" Encyclopædia Britannica from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. [Accessed October 16, 2003].
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • F. Kidd, Brushmaking Materials, Bristish Brush Manufacturers, London, 1957
  • Zora Sweet Pinney, 'A Handle on the Terms used for Artists' Brushes', unpublished glossary, 1999

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