Iron Oxide Yellow: Ukiyo-e colorant

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Actors Nakamura Matsue I by Ippitsusai Buncho

Iron oxide yellow 黄土 (ōdo): Commonly known as yellow ochre, it is a yellow earth mineral primarily composed of iron hydroxide with clay and silica. This colorant is similar to the other iron oxides which display a range of colors from tan to black.

Iron oxide yellow has been rarely found used alone and also appears infrequently as a component in mixtures. It was likely added to turmeric and flavonoids for opacity; when mixed with other mineral pigments such as other iron oxides as well as red and white lead, it created a range of earth colors.

For more information see: Yellow ochre, Goethite

Examples of Iron oxide yellow in Ukiyo-e Prints


Pt 1: printed
Ippitsusai Bunchō, 11.19316


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Pt 3: printed
Chōbunsai Eishi, 34.336


Pt 3: printed
Katsushika Hokusai, 11.20430


Pt 1: printed
Ryūryūkyo Shinsai, 11.21066


X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) is used to detect iron. When it is found in a yellow area, it is an indication for the presence of iron oxide yellow (Fe2O3 H2O).

Images of Iron oxide yellow

List of Prints

Below is a list of prints where iron oxide yellow was detected.