Just for fun, a news flash on the first known ancient synthetic pigment from Egypt. It hovers between aquamarine and lapis. Even sculptures from the Parthenon show traces of it. Now I have to pull myself away from youtube videos of snoring hummingbirds and ruby-eyed lavender boas. Have a great weekend.
Have you ever noticed that the AntiquityNOW website has splashes of a particular set of vibrant colors? Perhaps you’ve even found the Our Colors section on our site that reveals the ancient history behind our beauteous array. One color, specifically the deep blue, is particularly intriguing with its 4,500-year-old past, its surprising relevance for today’s scientific inquiry and its future promise for such fields as medicine and communications technology.
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4 thoughts on “Ancient Egyptian Blue: How the World’s First Synthetic Pigment Is Producing Tomorrow’s Brave—and Colorful–New World”
My favorite part is the slide-show.
My favorite ancient mystery color is Mayan Blue — that is another pigment that they are not quite certain what it is — other than beautiful….
And then there was the paint in the Renaissance of Mummy brown…rather sacrilege…
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I think modern Ultramarine is also a synthetic blue from the 1800s. Thanks for commenting!