Tin: Ukiyo-e colorant

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Ômori by Totoya Hokkei

Tin 錫 (suzu): Flakes or powdered metallics are often found in deluxe editions and surimono prints (摺物). Tin was commonly used for metallic silver colored areas on a print. Animal glue (膠 nikawa) was commonly used to adhere the powder to the paper's surface or as a binder when printed. 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.

As with printed brass, tin is often seen on surimonos and deluxe editions.

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Examples of Tin in Ukiyo-e Prints

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

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Beauties of the Yoshiwara by Suzuki Harunobu

Analysis

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.