Iron Oxide Yellow: Ukiyo-e colorant

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Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai

Iron oxide yellow 黄土(o-do): A yellow earth mineral primarily composed of iron hydroxide. 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: Iron oxide yellow

Examples of Iron oxide yellow in Ukiyo-e Prints

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Analysis

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).

Other Images of Iron oxide yellow

List of Prints

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