Mineral black

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An unstandardized name used for Graphite as well as for a natural black pigment obtained by grinding black Slate. Mineral black was sometimes used as a Crayon or writing tool.

Synonyms and Related Terms

black chalk; black lead; graphite; negro mineral (Esp., Port.)


  • No significant hazards.

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 611
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985
  • R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982
  • Monona Rossol, The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide, Allworth Press, New York, 1994

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