Egyptian green

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1) A green pigment used in Egyptian and Mediterranean wall paintings. Egyptian green, in some cases, is a greenish shade of Egyptian blue, but more often it is a mixture of Egyptian blue with Yellow ocher. (Mayer 1969)

2) A type of synthetic patina on bronzes in which the finish is green in the recesses and black in the polished areas. See Patina, synthetic.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vert égyptien (Fr.); verde Egípcio (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • External source or communication Comment: C. Proctor, "The Modern Way of Producing Verde Antique, Roman Bronze and Patinas on the soft Metal Alloys by the Aid of Pigments" reprinted in Conservation & Technology 2/85 from The Metal Industry, January 1905

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