Bone white

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Bone ash

Description

An obsolete white pigment made from bone ash. Bone white was primarily composed of calcium hydroxyapatite and calcium carbonate. It was used in grounds for silver point drawings, in making ceramics and as a polishing compound.

Raman

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Raman

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FTIR

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FTIR

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Synonyms and Related Terms

blanco de huesos (Esp.); bianco d'ossa (It.); branco de osso (Port.); bone ash; bone earth

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982

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