Vermilion: Ukiyo-e colorant
Vermilion appears to have been rarely used as a colorant for woodblock printing. In the mid-1800's it seems to have been mixed with madder to create a somewhat brighter color with an orange cast mostly seen used on cartouches. Although not part of the printing matrix, vermilion is commonly found in seals on some surimono (摺物) prints. Vermilion is the commonly used red ink for seals.
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Examples of Vermilion in Ukiyo-e Prints
X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) is used to detect mercury, which is an indication for the presence of vermilion (HgS).
Images of Vermilion
List of Prints
Below is a list of prints where vermilion was detected.
Pages in category "Vermilion: Ukiyo-e colorant"
The following 6 pages are in this category, out of 6 total.
- Eisen, Kawasaki, No. 3 from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road, 11.25617
- Shigenobu I, Puppy Playing with a Ball, 21.9257
- Shigenobu I, Urashima Tarô, from the series A Set of Five Examples of Longevity, 21.9254