Tin: Ukiyo-e colorant
Tin 錫 (suzu): Flakes or powdered metallics are often found in deluxe editions and privately comissioned surimono (摺物) prints. Tin was commonly used for metallic silver colored areas on a print. Animal glue (膠 nikawa) was commonly used to adhere the flakes to the paper's surface or as a binder when printed. Often times, a field of tin appears to be printed over a blue colorant. The use of affordable metals such as brass and tin were likely meant to imitate the glittering effects created by the use of expensive metal leaf or flakes such as gold and silver on screen and scroll paintings. But unlike brass, it appears tin was not used in early prints.
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Examples of Tin in Ukiyo-e Prints
X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) is used to detect tin (Sn).
Images of Tin
List of Prints
Below is a list of prints where tin was detected.
Pages in category "Tin: Ukiyo-e colorant"
The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total.
- Shigenobu I, Urashima Tarô, from the series A Set of Five Examples of Longevity, 21.9254
- Shinsai, Chapters 16–18, from the series The Tale of Genji, 11.21066
- Shinsai, Chapters 22–24, from the series The Tale of Genji, 11.20034
- Shinsai, Chapters 25–27, from the series The Tale of Genji, 21.9264
- Shunman, Mandarin Ducks and Iris, from the series Series of Seven Bird-and-Flower Prints for the Fuyô Circle of Kanuma in Shimotsuke Province, 21.9226