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Bowl with soot from firing
MFA# 11.34971


Fine, black particles produced by the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon containing materials, such as Wax, Coal, Oil, or Wood. Soot is primarily composed of carbon along with small amounts of oily or tarry substances. Several millions of pounds of soot are injected into the air each year by combustion sources. The soot deposits adhere to surfaces causing discoloration.

See also Lampblack.

Resources and Citations

  • Marjorie Shelley, The Care and Handling of Art Objects, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1987
  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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