Manganese black

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A brownish-black synthetic pigment composed of Manganese dioxide and/or other black manganese compounds such as jacobsite (MnFe2O4). Manganese was first used as a Ceramic Glaze in the Near East as early as the seventh millennium (Schweizer and Rinuy 1982). It was prepared from Manganese ores and fired to produce a dark brown to black glaze. As a paint pigment manganese black was patented in England in 1871 by Rowan. It is was never commonly used, but is sometimes found in inexpensive house paints and as a Drier in artists oil paints.

Synonyms and Related Terms

manganese brown; Pigment Black 14; CI 77728; Manganschwarz (Deut.); negro de manganeso (Esp.); noir de manganèse (Fr.); mayro toy magganioy (Gr.); mangaanzwart (Ned.); negro de manganês (Port.)


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Physical and Chemical Properties

Composition MnO2
CAS 1313-13-9
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 86.94

Resources and Citations

  • F.Schweizer, A. Rinuy, "Manganese Black as An Etruscan Pigment" Studies in Conservation, 27:118-123, 1982.

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