Other Reds: Ukiyo-e colorant

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Kamakura Village by Katsushika Hokusai

Other Reds: Oranges are commonly seen and created by overprinting a red and yellow colorant or through mixing these colors. Safflower and orpiment appear to be the most common combination.Other combinations of reds and yellows have also been used to create various oranges.

Other combinations detected so far are:

  • Safflower, orpiment
  • safflower, turmeric
  • safflower, flavonoid
  • sappanwood, flavonoid
  • red lead, orpiment
  • iron oxide red, orpiment
  • red lead, iron oxide yellow
  • red lead, flavonoid
  • iron oxide red, turmeric
  • red lead, gamboge?


Examples of Other Reds 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


List of Prints

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

Pages in category "Other Reds: Ukiyo-e colorant"

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