The dark liquid from the ink sac of a cuttlefish, which is a mollusk of the family Sepiidae. Cuttlefish ink was the principal ink of the ancient Romans (Mayer 1969).
See also Sepia
Synonyms and Related Terms
sepia; inchiostro di seppia (It.); India ink; Roman sepia; cuttlefish ink
Resources and Citations
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, https://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000