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MFA# 21.907a-c


A coloration, produced by foreign matter, that penetrates into the fabric, wood, or coating. Typically, the transparency and fluidity of a stain will allow the base texture of the object to remain visible. Examples are fluorescent stain, gelatin stain, Glaze stain, Iron stain, metallic stain, Oil stain, salt stain, Sap stain, Silver stain, water stain, Wood stain.

MFA# 20.2064

Synonyms and Related Terms

stains; teinture (Fr.); mancha (Port.); nódoa (Port.)

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Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • ASTM, "Standard Terminology Relating to Paint, Varnish, Lacquer and Related Products", Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, D16, 7-Jan, Jul-96
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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