A masonry mortar that is composed of hydrated lime and water with sand or dust marble dust. Lime mortar was the primary mortar used for masonry before the invention of cement portland cement (Bucher 1996). It has also been used as a plaster for fresco (Mayer 1969).
Synonyms and Related Terms
mortier la chaux (Fr.); argamassa de cal (Port.); lime-sand mortar;
W. Bucher, Dictionary of Building Preservation, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1996. R. Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row, New York, 1969.
- G.S.Brady, G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 454
- Ralph Mayer, Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000