Other Greens: Ukiyo-e colorant

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Kamakura Village by Katsushika Hokusai

Other Greens: In addition to greens formulated by overprinting or mixing dayflower+turmeric and indigo+orpiment, other combinations have been found.

Other greens detected so far are:

  • Malachite is used in early handcolored prints but disappears once color printing is introduced.
  • dayflower, lead, orpiment


  • dayflower, flavonoid
  • dayflower, orpiment
  • indigo?, flavonoid
  • Prussian blue, orpiment



Examples of Other greens in Ukiyo-e Prints

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Dyed indigo.jpg

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Dyed indigo.jpg

Indigo FORS.JPG
Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Dyed indigo.jpg

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Dyed indigo.jpg

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

List of Prints

Below is a list of prints where the various green mixtures were detected.